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Stand forth, anonymous coward - Ed Brock

What kind of weak ninny seeks anonymous publicity?

If you're going to say something, particularly something controversial, have the guts to put your name on it.

And by controversial, I mean something like the blurb that appeared recently in one publication's special section involving anonymous statements phoned into the newspaper.

To avoid possible copyright infringement, and because I don't have a copy of the exact blurb, I'll paraphrase. Essentially, a nameless nabob was trying to say there is a distinction between Palestinian school children being "accidentally" killed in a targeted strike on a terrorist and the deliberate attacks on innocent Israelis perpetrated by that terrorist and those who can't make that distinction cannot make moral decisions.

First, let's tear that silly little argument to shreds. There is no distinction because the deaths of Palestinian civilians in Israel's continuing use of so called "selective strikes" is no accident.

When you fire a missile into a crowded street or an apartment complex where you know civilians are living, any deaths that occur are not accidents. They are, at best, the result of gross negligence and callous disregard for life.

If you're going to kill terrorists, that's fine with me. But wait until you get a clean shot. And by the way, 27 Israeli Air Force pilots, active and reserve, agree with me.

Now, I would love to say that to the nabob's face, but I don't know who they are. I just can't respect that.

I understand why some papers chose to run anonymous phone-in opinion pieces. They can be entertaining and they do serve one purpose.

I call them "stupidity meters." Half the stuff in there is so idiotic it's no wonder the speakers don't want their name attached.

But my name is on everything I write, along with a phone number for people to call and chew me out when they think what I wrote was wrong or stupid. I'm willing to take responsibility for what I say publicly, and so should everybody else.

In a vaguely connected topic, I have no pity for Rachel Boim, the Roswell High School student who was expelled because she wrote a story about a student dreaming about killing their teacher.

Sure, it was a bone-headed move to expel her for that, but that incident was the best thing to happen to Boim if she indeed plans to become a writer when she grows up. There is no such thing as bad publicity, Rachel, and you should be happy you now have a few newspaper articles to send with your college applications and a tiny bit of fame to capitalize on later in life.

If only that had happened to me. I did get kicked out of class when I caused a fuss after the teacher confiscated a comic book I had borrowed from a friend, but that's not quite the same thing.

And that's it. You know where to find me if you don't like what you just read, although I could hardly imagine why you would feel that way.

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or via e-mail at ebrock@news-daily.com.