14 April 2002

Interesting / appalling lexical shift: The US is attempting to change the phrase from “suicide bombers” to “homicidal bombers.” Um, isn’t the idea of “bombers” kind of sufficient to indicate the homicide part? Isn’t the point that these folk are willing to strap deadly force to themselves and, whomever else they take out, absolutely guarantee their own demise? Oh, wait, the point is that we’re just not going to admit that something has to be pretty fucking wrong in your world to cause you to do that. Next thing you know we might have to ask how things got that bad and if there’s a difference between killing civilians by detonating your own body in a shopping mall and killing civilians by getting in a heavily armored tank and crushing them in their living rooms.

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14 April 2002

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