April 03, 2007

BREAKING: AFP Reporter Doesn't Like Terrorists

Actually, it would be more accurate to state that Jenni Matthew doesn't like the word "terrorist."

In an operation targeting presumed Al-Qaeda fighters near Anbar's former rebel town of Fallujah, a US warplane killed six "terrorists" in an air strike while forces on the ground arrested another seven, the military said.

Perhaps I'm just reading too much into the tone of the overall article, but it seems that Jenni Matthew detests having to use the word terrorist to describe, well, terrorists.

She doesn't like to assign blame to them, either:

Since the launch of a massive security operation in Baghdad in February, Iraqi and US troops have reduced execution-style killings in the capital, but car bombings carried out by suspected militants remain a major headache.

I shouldn't have to point out the obvious fact to Ms. Matthew that when people carry out car bombings, they are not suspected of anything; they are militants, period. As somebody once said, "words means things," and to label those guilty of manufacturing and detonating bombs often targeting civilians as "suspected" militants is deceptive.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 3, 2007 12:20 PM

The scare quotes are kind of odd, but the fact remains that not everyone who gets killed by U.S. forces in Iraq is a terrorist.

Posted by: Doc Washboard at April 3, 2007 03:53 PM

But everyone who builds car bombs is.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at April 3, 2007 06:43 PM

Ohhhh....but PA, Doc believes that car bomb makers/detonators are only suspected of performing those things. LOL.

Posted by: Specter at April 3, 2007 08:22 PM

As much as it pains me to do so, I'm 50% with CY.

It's stupid to say that someone carrying out a car-bombing is a "suspected" militant. No, they ARE a militant for carrying out that action, regardless of your view of the ethics of their action.

On the other hand, putting "terrorists" in quotes does make sense when you're considering a bomb. I don't care how "precise" a precision munition is, by any standard you don't know exactly who you killed when 500 lbs of ordnance explodes. Please explain to me how this could be otherwise, absent absolute perfect (and in a real sense impossible) real-world intel.

Posted by: Pennypacker at April 4, 2007 02:10 AM