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15Jul/141

Lopsided

How one word in a Chicago Tribune article changed the whole meaning of said article that was published first in the L.A. Times.  According to the Tribune the World is concerned not as much about the bloodshed but that not enough Israelis died in this conflict.  They just changed the position of one sentence and added one word.

LA Times, July 13.http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-israel-ground-raid-gaza-20140713-story.html

Despite the concentrated attack, militants continued to fire rockets at a broad swath of Israel, setting off warning sirens in Tel Aviv and the coastal city of Haifa.  A teenager became the second Israeli civilian to be severely wounded in six days of fighting when two rockets landed in the city of Ashkelon.  No Israelis have been killed by the rocket strikes.

In Gaza, the death toll rose to at least 167, fueling international alarm over the casualty count.  The U.N. says the majority of the victims have been civilians. Seventeen members of one extended family were killed late Saturday when a home and nearby mosque were hit.  More than 1,000 people have been injured.

Chicago Tribune, July 14, Nation and World (page 11, Section 1).

I could not find this article online.  Maybe you will have better luck.

Israel Unleashes Strike on Gaza

Despite the concentrated attack, militants continued to fire rockets at a broad swath of Israel, setting off warning sirens in Tel Aviv and the coastal city of Haifa.  A teenager became the second Israeli civilian to be severely wounded in six days of fighting when two rockets landed in the city of Ashkelon.

No Israelis have been killed by the rocket strikes.  In Gaza, the death toll rose to at least 167, fueling international alarm over the lopsided casualty count.  The U.N. says the majority of the victims have been civilians.  Seventeen members of one extended family were killed late Saturday when a home and nearby mosque were hit.  More than 1,000 people have been injured.”

So in the opinion of the Chicago Tribune, the Israelis should turn off the Iron Dome defense system and let the Hamas rockets fall on the Israeli cities...to the satisfaction of the world and the editors of the Chicago Tribune.

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  1. Many in the media (for example, Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News
    7/15/2014) have referred to the current conflict of Israel vs Hamas in Gaza as
    a “lopsided”. This one word has a pejorative connotation.

    Would it be less lopsided, if more Israelis were killed in the conflict?
    Did the media use the term “lopsided” in describing the US war in
    Afghanistan, where the modern military might of the US was set against Afghan
    militants? Did the media use the term “lopsided” in describing the US
    casualties vs the estimated 21,000 Afghan civilians who have been killed?
    (http://www.costsofwar.org/article/afghan-civilians)

    Unfortunately, our own “lopsided” war against the Taliban didn’t prove to
    be as successful as the term “lopsided’ would imply.


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