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Terrorism and Euphemism

Posted on | June 7, 2014 | 59 Comments

They’re “gunmen” or “extremists” or “militants,” but have you noticed that no one in the media wants to call them “terrorists”?

Gunmen have stormed a university in the restive Anbar province west of Baghdad and are holding dozens of students hostage, Iraqi officials said Saturday.
Police and army officials say the attack took place Saturday morning when gunmen stormed Anbar University near the provincial capital Ramadi, parts of which have been held by Islamic extremists and other anti-government militants for months. The gunmen have detained dozens of students inside the university dormitory, they said.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
An Al Qaeda splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other Sunni-led militants have controlled parts of Anbar province, including the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, since late December.
Iraq is currently grappling with its worst surge in violence since the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 and 2007, when the country was pushed to the brink of civil war despite the presence of tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

In the Obama Age, terrorism has been defined out of existence.



59 Responses to “Terrorism and Euphemism”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 8th, 2014 @ 3:41 am

    Which makes the release of the Taliban Five even more bizarre, until you realize it was all about Obama depopulating Gitmo. That was the motivation, they threw those five murderers back (so what if they go back to killing ethic minorities and women in Afghanistan, they are all mud people in the eyes of the Democrats).

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 8th, 2014 @ 5:04 am
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  4. Patrick Carroll
    June 8th, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    My point, exactly.

    But with a Jayne Cobb twist.

    And yes, I am perfectly willing to walk down a street, wearing a hat like that.

  5. Bob Belvedere
    June 8th, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    Not ‘Republicans’, conservatives. I’m sure the Left does not consider Quislings such as McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor to be terrorists. They’re friendly Useful Idiots.

  6. Steve Skubinna
    June 8th, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

    It was mandatory to Obama’s narrative that Iraq fail, And thus is was decreed.

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