Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Call Them What They Are

I was tempted to watch MSNBC coverage of the Mumbai terror, just to see if they would term the terrorists "activists", but blood pressure considerations won out. In England the timidity continues though:

LONDON: A group of legislators of Labour party has criticised the BBC for not referring to the Mumbai attackers as "terrorists" in its news bulletins but the UK-based news organisation has defended the practice.

The BBC chooses to call such attackers as "militants" or "bombers".

Criticising the news channel, Stephen Pound, chairman of the Labour Friends of India, said: "This is the worst sort of mealy mouthed posturing. It is desperation to avoid causing offence which ultimately causes more offence to everyone. The terrorist term is universal.

"Militants" my ass. They were Muslim terrorists.