Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Can I start a meme?

I was listening to NPR today, and got another earful about the "insurgents" planting bombs that kill American soldiers. It was the "insurgents this" and the "insurgents that." Here is the Merriam-Webster definition of an insurgent:

a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government; especially : a rebel not recognized as a belligerent.
Maybe it's me, but under that definition, there's sort of an admiring tone when speaking of the insurgents: they're rebels, fighting the injustices of their own government. Consider, though, the "insurgents" in Iraq. They're mostly foreign fighters using violent means to roll back a democratically elected government. They enjoy torturing and decapitating people, they target civilians, and their dream is a state that combines Saddam Hussein's ability to engage in the mass torture and murder of his own people with the Taliban's religious oversight. So, how about we all agree, in our blogs, to call these people "paramilitary death squads." Now, I know our friends in the MSM will squawk that this is just soooo judgmental, and that their job is to report the news without those pesky value judgments. But I distinctly recall, during the 1980s, that the MSM had no problem calling right-wing armed forces in Latin America "paramilitary death squads." I guess it just depends who the players are. So, from here on out, if I write a post about what's going on in Iraq, I promise to use the phrase "paramilitary death squads" when speaking of those who use violence against American soldiers and Iraqi (and other) civilians. And since I've entitled this post "Can I start I meme?" I urge you to do the same.