Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Don't We At Least Owe Them Honesty In Death?

The military said today that seven more U.S. troops were killed in Iraq.

Releasing details to the media, the military said that six of those killed---all Marine reservists from the same Ohio-based unit---"were engaged by terrorists and killed by small-arms fire."

No. Unless the military has specific information that this exact group of enemy fighters had been targeting and killing civilians, they were not terrorists. They were insurgents, guerrillas, rebels, or "violent extremists." But they were not terrorists. They did not use an IED or a car bomb. They engaged and killed our troops in a stand-up firefight using conventional arms.

This is yet another example of why we are destined to lose ever-increasing amounts of blood and treasure for years to come in Iraq. What gave you the idea that we would ever withdraw as long as we're fighting "terrorists"? This is not just a question of semantics; repeated often enough, language can create its own reality. President Bush knows this, which is why he said the following earlier this year: "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

It's one thing to play word games with domestic policy. It's quite another to do so with the lives of American soldiers during wartime. But just as we saw with the death of Pat Tillman, this administration and the Pentagon have no qualms about using the ultimate sacrifice of our troops for political purposes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not terrorists hey??? An enemy combatant working for al qaeda is now a touchy feely insurgent? Get Real. Honestly.

8/02/2005 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democracy Now is reporting, "U.S. Faced 68 Attacks Per Day in Iraq During July".

I thought they were extremists not terrorists, as in "global struggle against violent extremism".

I'm reading a lot more about deserters in the news which seems to be a developing trend.

I think the administration has proved, more than once, more than twice, that no situation, no person, is beyond being used for propaganda in anyway they see fit, positive or negative.

I am proud of our service people, and so disappointed with the administration; they sacrificed these men and women to a arrogant war of choice in Iraq. But as much as we care, they could care less :-(, heartless creatures they are.

8/02/2005 10:54 PM  
Anonymous thirdeye said...

Let's see, were they German soldiers or Nazis? Does it matter now?

8/03/2005 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the difference between an IED or car bomb, and mines, bombs dropped from the air, or artillery? They all often cause "collateral damage".

8/03/2005 1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrorism is a contested concept, but it's hard to find a definition that includes groups who engage armed forces. The case of the USS Cole is tricky, and terrorism analysts tend to define that incident as "terrorist" only because the value of that attack for the perpetrators was symbolic rather than tactical. This is where it becomes muddy, because insurgents who can't hope for an outright military victory can still hope to sap their opponents will to fight through the steady accumulation of such "symbolic" victories.

8/03/2005 2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is someone else that is confused - are they terrorists, extremists...

8/06/2005 11:26 AM  
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