Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Sometimes You Just Gotta Love Your Enemies

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has banned the word terrorist. And they are giving there reasons in a very forthright and specific manner. From Little Green Footballs:

‘Terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’: Exercise extreme caution before using either word.

Avoid labelling any specific bombing or other assault as a “terrorist act” unless it’s attributed (in a TV or Radio clip, or in a direct quote on the Web). For instance, we should refer to the deadly blast at that nightclub in Bali in October 2002 as an “attack,” not as a “terrorist attack.”

The same applies to the Madrid train attacks in March 2004, the London bombings in July 2005 and the attacks against the United States in 2001 ...

Well, if that's not offensive enough already. Now, they explain exactly why they are adopting this policy:

Terrorism generally implies attacks against unarmed civilians for political, religious or some other ideological reason. But it’s a highly controversial term that can leave journalists taking sides in a conflict.

By restricting ourselves to neutral language, we aren’t faced with the problem of calling one incident a “terrorist act” (e.g., the destruction of the World Trade Center) while classifying another as, say, a mere “bombing” (e.g., the destruction of a crowded shopping mall in the Middle East).

See how that works? They so don't want to call what happens in Israel a terrorist attack, that they will even refrain from calling 9/11 an act of terrorism.

Man, oh man, you just gotta love you enemies when they tell the truth.