My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Monday, July 03, 2006

BBC won't say soldier was kidnapped....

It's bad enough that the BBC doesn't like to use the word 'terrorism'. Now, it has come out that the BBC will not use the world 'kidnap' in regards to the Israeli soldier abducted by the Palestinians. Instead, they will use the word 'captured.' Here is what the BBC had to say.
“Our credibility is undermined by the careless use of words which carry value judgments. Our job is to remain objective. By doing so, I hope we allow our audiences on radio and television to make their own assessment of the story. So we try to stick to the facts. Civilians are ‘kidnapped’; Cpl Shalit was ‘captured’. Since troops don’t usually make ‘arrests’, the politicians were ‘detained’. Doubtless some will disagree. But that’s, in essence, the heart of the story.”
Hamas spent months building a tunnel into Israel, then killed two soldiers and abducted one. As Tom Gross says, "he is being held as a hostage by a terrorist group. If that is not kidnapping, what is?"


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