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Middle East Crisis: Another ‘Cost Of War’ Must-Read By CNN’s Cal Perry

Here’s a prime example of the “up-close-and-personal” coverage cited by Howard Kurtz. On Friday, I asked site visitors to “please read” this CNN.com column by CNN producer Cal Perry. Today, Perry has followed up with a second column, one an e-mailer calls “incredible and stunning,” and I’m inclined to agree. Heres’s an excerpt:

  Standing in front of this 8-year-old boy lying in a hospital bed, the “conflict in the Middle East” and the “cost of war” seem endless and suffocating. His pain cannot possibly be imagined as he shakes uncontrollably in and out of shock. He has blood coming from his eyes.

His name is Mahmood Monsoor and he is horribly burned. In the hospital bed next to him is his 8-month-old sister, Maria — also burned. Screaming at the top of her lungs is the children’s mother, Nuhader Monsoor. She is standing over her baby, looking at her son — and probably thinking of her dead husband. The smell of burned flesh is overwhelming.
 

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