Unless I completely misread the article, there was no "retribution". He wasn't specifically targeted, he happened to be in a building that was bombed.
Such are the risks one takes when reporting from a war zone. This should serve as a reminder to us all that the camera does not make us invincible or immune to the laws of physics.
I don't think he was specifically targeted, either. What I read in AdamJ's post was that his death was inevitable, and if that is a guaranteed price to pay, I'd call that a form of retribution rather than a risk. "You can shoot this war, but you're always going to die for it."
It used to be the Syrian government's bombs and missiles that journalists had to avoid. But now rebel-held territory is widely regarded as a media no-go zone. Rebels no longer offer the media any assurance of protection. It's a lawless conflict: journalists are being kidnapped and killed on a weekly basis. There's no cynicism intended on my part and I didn't imply that the boy had it coming to him. But, if you put yourself at such extreme risk, it is likely only a matter of time. He must have known that. Any journalist going into that zone must be realistic about their safety.
I hadn't realized that, and it puts your post in another light. However, I still think there is a difference between being realistic about safety and accepting that your luck will run out. And maybe I *want* to be angry - realism is often confused with cynicism and I'm sorry I probably did that. But, as Burke said: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." I cannot accept as a given that people in Syria *will* get shot, that violent death is inevitable, that journalists must die. It's wrong, even if there is nothing I can do about it but speak up. So that's what I do: "Unless someone like you/cares a whole awful lot/nothing is going to get better/It's not!" Morality is not rocket science.
Anyone who wants to be informed about the horrors of this conflict need only visit one of the well known gore sites and search 'Syria' or 'FSA.' Videos from this civil war have been the staple of these sites for several years.
No thanks. I have a vivid imagination and the bloodied 70-200/2.8 was quite enough. And I'd probably be more negative about his chances, which, as you now hopefully appreciate, I just don't want to be.
But you know, maybe my moral high horse is just a bit jittery today, what with the reindeer everywhere. Maybe some hay'll help. And some nog for me.