Robert Fisk: 'Opening the gates of hell' and 40 years of other Middle East cliches
Published 19/11/2012 | 05:00
Terror, terror, terror, terror, terror. Here we go again. Israel is going to "root out Palestinian terror" – which it has been claiming to do, unsuccessfully, for 64 years – while Hamas announces that Israel has "opened the gates of hell" by murdering its military leader, Ahmed al-Jabari.
Hezbollah announced several times that Israel had "opened the gates of hell" for attacking Lebanon. Yasser Arafat too waffled on about the "gates of hell".
And we journos are repeating all the cliches we've used for the past 40 years.