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August 12, 2003
An open letter to FoxNews

Something was bothering me about FoxNews - and James Taranto pointed it out, prompting me to say:

Jeez, will you people please stop calling them "homicide bombings"?

Of course they involve homicide - that's the damnable idea. What distinguishes them from a pipe-bomb in a mailbox or a car bomb in front of an embassy is the suicide of the splodeydope. Calling it a homicide bombing sounds just plain dopey, and it really grates on the nerves - I cringe when I hear it.

If you feel compelled to use a unique term for what is correctly referred to as a "suicide bombing," then by all means, use "genocide bombing." That, at least, would describe the real purpose of the attacks against Israeli schoolchildren, bus passengers, and market-goers.

A P.O.ed viewer

Glad I got that off my chest. Go ahead, call me pedantic.

UPDATE: Oops... neglected to link to the source for the term "genocide bombing" - fixed it above.

Posted by Russ at 07:32 PM, August 12, 2003 in Memoranda

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