They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Syria: When is a car bomber not a terrorist?

Here's a lesson from Reuters - car bombers targeting civilians are referred to as 'terrorists' by Syrian state TV.

Now I know it's the 'rebels' who are responsible I feel suddenly at ease with all that flesh and bone.

(Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday when it exploded in a southern Damascus neighbourhood, a monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 15 people had also been injured in the blast, which hit the district of Tadamon, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces have been fighting rebels for months.
Syrian state television said "terrorists" were behind the explosion, a term it commonly uses to refer to rebels who are fighting to topple Assad.
The Britain-based Observatory, which has a network of activists across Syria, said the blast had destroyed several buildings.
What began as a peaceful pro-democracy movement 2-1/2 years ago has turned into a civil war in which more than 100,000 people have died. Link