Friday, December 26, 2003

Don't Romanticize Terrorism 
So Iraqi insurgents in and around Baghdad have launched a series of Christmas strikes against hotels, banks, and embassies. All of these strikes deliberately target civilians.

Nevertheless, the Associated Press graces them with all the misguided, Soldiers-of-the-Lost-Cause romanticism the word ‘rebel’ implies.

Sorry, but no.

Luke Skywalker was a “rebel.”
Robert E. Lee was a “rebel.”

The English language is a very rich and nuanced language. And we already have a word for those who deliberately target noncombatants in hotels and embassies: We call them “terrorists.”


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