Sunday, July 17, 2005

Always proper 

I've blogged yesterday (and many times before) about the reluctance of the media to call anyone a terrorist. And this morning, here I was leafing through (metaphorically speaking) "The New York Times" and saw this story:
As the insurgency gathered strength last year, Qabr Abed served as a weapons depot and safe haven for an unusually large number of home-grown insurgent commanders, including Mohammed Shakara, Al Qaeda's leader for northern Iraq and its biggest city, Mosul.
Since for "The NYT" even Al Qaeda members are merely insurgents, I started wondering what is it that makes the respectable media so reluctant to brand anyone a terrorist. Is it moral equivalence? Relativism? Non-judgmentalism? No, I think it's unfailing politeness:
The 150 men of Company C were rushed to this village of 1,000 tightly packed homes in November after Mr. Shakara blew up the police station with explosives-laden propane canisters.
You just have to be nice and proper with everyone.


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