Monday, May 09, 2005

100 Terrorists Killed in Iraq

From the Associated Press via Yahoo News
BAGHDAD, Iraq - American troops backed by helicopters and war planes launched a major offensive against followers of Iraq's most wanted insurgent, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in a desert area near the Syrian border, and as many as 100 militants were killed, U.S. officials said Monday.
As always, I note the reluctance of the mainstream media to call a spade a spade. Terrorists are referred to variously as "insurgents", "militants", "fighters", and (better not use this one in my earshot) "the Resistance". This stupidity is usually explained by saying that "terrorism is a tactic, not an ideology", and therefore doesn't define those who use it. Does that mean we need to start calling "rapists" something else?