I try not to read CNN - I find myself just disgusted by their hidden agenda. It is little comfort that BBC is even worse. Tonight, I could not bring myself to look at BBC, but I did make the mistake of reading CNN. (http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/03/12/west.bank.family.killed/index.html?hpt=T2)
Don't bother to read it - it is infuriating.
Dear Mr. Flower - no, the family was not killed. Killed is a word that implies innocence; it implies accidental. Thousands were killed in Haiti, thousands feared killed in Japan. No, this family was not killed, they were murdered.
Dear Mr. Flower, why do you need those quotes around terror attack? Do you have some question about the veracity of those words? Do you need the Israeli military to explain that when someone stabs a two month old baby, it is a terrorist attack?
What would you call it when two men sneak into a house in the middle of the night and stab a mother, a father, an 11-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 2-month old as they sleep? Is that not the very definition of innocence? Is that not the very definition of a terrorist attack?
Interesting that you fail to mention the ages of the children. Is this not relevant? Is this not newsworthy? Do you think this is such a common occurrence, then? This stabbing of an infant? You tell the ages of people in half your articles when it is not relevant and yet here, suddenly, it is missing.
I understand. I really do. To tell someone that an infant was butchered might lead to sympathy. Certainly, there can be no justification or defense and so it is better, perhaps, to leave it out. It is only relevant when the Israeli army catches an 11-year-old stone throwing Palestinian or a 14-year-old bomb carrying one. But not, certainly not, when it is an 11-year-old Israeli child stabbed brutally to death and worse, it might appear, so much worse when his 2-month old brother or sister (I don't even know which at this time).
If you have to use quotes in this case, you might as well stop writing. Words have tremendous power. As a journalist, you should know that. With words, you can paint pictures for all to see, for all to understand. That's why I love to write. I want to show people what it is like to be a soldier's mother, but more, I have learned that I want to show people what it is like to be an Israeli, a Jew, mother to Elie, Shmulik and David as they join the Israeli army and the world, people like you, would want to paint another picture.
As a journalist, your putting quotes around those words shows that you have given in to the political agenda of CNN and the pressure of your anti-Israel readers.
But more important, Mr. Kevin Flower, as a human being, your putting quotes around those words shows only your lack of humanity. You should be deeply ashamed.