Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Rocket Attack in Assadabad


Talib remnants hit a school. Note the weasel language the AP uses - people who blast a school with rocket fire are simply "militants". I suspect the people who came running up to the school to find their children dead might have a different term or two for those bastards.

Perhaps "murderer" قاتل

Maybe "killer" كشنده

[map from the BBC]


UPDATE: From the comments, courtesy of jamie:

Interesting passivity on the part of the AP reporter: "A rocket exploded..." "The rocket landed..." Even the one tiny para where the writer actually allows someone to lay blame - to wit, this -"Hasan blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack and accused them of targeting the school as part of the rebels' campaign against government-sponsored education."- even that paragraph steers well clear of blaming the insurgents for the deaths, only the "attack" and for "targeting," not hitting, the school. This lapse is explained in the next paragraph on, where the reporter points out that they usually miss. Feh.

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8:48 PM  
Blogger Citizen Deux said...

Interesting postings at Futurist. As for the reprehensible Talibites, I can only hope a USMC sniper team finds them first...

8:57 PM  
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9:16 PM  
Blogger EvilPundit said...

This promotion of the "Futurist" blog is really starting to look like spam.

Four comments, all of them links to off-topic stories? Please respect other people's comments spaces.

Sorry for being off-topic myself -- I just had to get that off my chest.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Svolich said...

Evilpundit, I agree. I will avoid the Futurist in... well.. the future.

As for THIS topic, I'd think the correct term for these murdering bastards would be "pigs."

10:18 PM  
Anonymous jows said...

Terrorist is the word I was sure you would use first.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, one guy said the Futurist's articles are interesting. The other said that it is ovrerpromoted on this blog, but noticeably didn't say the articles were uninteresting.

I decided to see for myself. I guess both previous commenters are right. The articles ARE interesting, but 3 are promoted here.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Major John said...

I have gone back and deleted them - comment spam is comment spam.

He does this at Protein Wisdom too.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Interesting passivity on the part of the AP reporter: "A rocket exploded..." "The rocket landed..."

Even the one tiny para where the writer actually allows someone to lay blame - to wit, this -

"Hasan blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack and accused them of targeting the school as part of the rebels' campaign against government-sponsored education."

- even that paragraph steers well clear of blaming the insurgents for the deaths, only the "attack" and for "targeting," not hitting, the school. This lapse is explained in the next paragraph on, where the reporter points out that they usually miss.

Feh.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Major John said...

Jamie - good points. If you don't mind I am going to post your comment as an update.

7:38 AM  

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