• Joel Brown

    Staff Writer

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 6 comments on How and Why Language is Weaponized

  1. Yes, language matters. How about the most insidious framing, that everything we do is “defense”? What is more accurately weapons spending, military spending or war spending is “defense spending”. The honestly named Department of War and Secretary of War were renamed the Department of Defense and Secretary of Defense after WW2. This framing carries the message that we only defend ourselves and would never carry out an aggressive, offensive war. It is never questioned by the mainstream media.

  2. Hamas is a US-designated terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Jews. There is nothing subjective about that. It’s not a matter of opinion. It’s a fact. Anyone referring to them as “freedom fighters” is a supporter of terrorists who intentionally massacred innocent Israeli men, women, children, babies. Raping, torturing, and murdering them in the most violent and horrific ways possible. Suggesting that readers listen to someone who sees them as “freedom fighters” is a deeply disturbing piece of advice.

    It is possible to show support for innocent civilians in Gaza at this time without supporting Hamas, who is a terrorist group that intentionally targets civilians to rape, torture, and murder. That cannot and should not ever be debated. It seems when violence is directed at Jews, it is often whitewashed and caveated. It’s shocking to see that even when children and babies were intentionally beheaded, articles like this one discuss whether or not it’s a matter of opinion to call those responsible “terrorists”. Really? Has our humanity stooped to this level?

    I am not Jewish, but I can see this whitewashing of violence directed at Jews taking place in articles like this one, and it is utterly heartbreaking to see. I will not be silent. It needs to be addressed.

    1. Well said!

      There is no moral justification for intentional targeting of civilians for rape, torture, and murder as Hamas has boldly and publicly bragged about doing.

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