Washington Posts Publishes Offensive Language


Washington Post OffensiveThe Washington Post published my letter under an article, my letter blasting their article’s terrible headline.  They more than once wrote — including in this bold headline — “…Israel’s Gaza Offensive”.  What bastards!  In a bold headline!

I don’t like to see the English language deteriorate, especially for propaganda in the most wrong-headed direction. OK, so they put my letter right below the article, as the only comment.  But they keep the headline, and others equally obfuscating.

I just let people know that defensive artillery fire to suppress incoming attacks on cities is not an “offensive”.  A ground incursion for the same purpose might be called such, in that the enemy’s territory is physically advanced into; but defensive suppressing fire against rocket attacks already ongoing by Hamas is not “…Israel’s Gaza Offensive”.

If we do sadly see one, I hope the difference and value of correct military language will be obvious to all.

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