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Monday, October 24, 2005

Steyn on 'Militants'

        Mark Steyn has another great column in which he wonders about the identity of people-who-must-never-ever-EVER-called-terrorists:
                From Toronto's Globe & Mail:

        "Nalchik, Russia -- Scores of rebels launched simultaneous attacks on police and government buildings . . ."

        "Rebels," by the score.  But why were they rebelling?  What were they insurging over?  You had to pick up the Globe & Mail's rival, the Toronto Star, to read exactly the same Associated Press dispatch but with one subtle difference:

        ''Nalchik, Russia -- Scores of Islamic militants launched simultaneous attacks on police and government buildings . . ."

        Ah, "Islamic militants."  So that's what the rebels were insurging over.  In the geopolitical Hogwart's, Islamic "militants" are the new Voldemort, the enemy whose name it's best never to utter.  In fairness to the New York Times, they did use the I-word in paragraph seven.  And Agence France Presse got around to mentioning Islam in paragraph 22.  And NPR's "All Things Considered" had one of those bland interviews between one of its unperturbable anchorettes and some Russian geopolitical academic type in which they chitchatted through every conceivable aspect of the situation and finally got around to kinda sorta revealing the identity of the perpetrators in the very last word of the geopolitical expert's very last sentence.

        Read it all.

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