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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The War on Militance

Here's a link to a blog by Daniel Pipes that discusses one of my pet peeves about biased media reporting: the attempt to legitimize terrorist groups by renaming them as militants or guerrillas. 
Here's my definition:
A militant  is one who openly combats a military unit.
A guerrilla  is one who uses stealth to combat a military unit.
A terrorist  is one who deliberately targets civilians.
Is this so hard to figure out?


2 comments:

Adam Ragil said...

Journalists don't like using the same word twice in the same section, so they struggle for synonyms. It's a silly quirk, and not always an indication of their world view.

PsychoToddler said...

These words aren't synonyms; they're specific terms that refer to different types of beligerants, for lack of a better term. The major difference between terrorist and the other terms is that a terrorist denotes a criminal that preys on innocent civilians. There is no justification for terrorism. The other terms have a somewhat less negative connotation.
By refusing to call Muslim terrorists by their true designation, the press is conciously giving them some aspect of legitimacy. See Pipes' post.