Wednesday, 23 March 2005

What have you gone and done now?

by Dom Glennie

Watching the BBC news at ten I caught a journalist use the following phrase as a camera panned through a gutted building in Iraq.

'A mortar fired by insurgents into this school, killed a pupil'
Someone who deliberately fires a mortar into a school could be an insurgent, Merriam-Webster has a pretty loose definition. Noticeably weak choice of words though, like calling Stalin a rogue. I wonder what act of barbarity they would have to commit to become terrorists or murderers, whatever it is I'm sure they're working on it.

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