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A Miasma of Words

Reader comment on item: [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists

Submitted by Jon Miller, Sep 8, 2004 at 02:35

Dear Daniel Pipes, your claim is that journalists are unwilling to use the word "terrorist" because they are "prompted by an odd combination of sympathy in the press for the Palestinian Arabs and intimidation by them."

Since desiring a "clear understanding" of things is your apparent goal, can you please explain in a clear way how one can be sympathetically imitimidated?

And can you also clarify how using the words: bombers, attackers, extremists, and kidnappers, etc., means that "terrorism is being semi-denied"? Just what half of the definition for "terrorism" is being denied with the use of these words?

Have a nice day,

Jon Miller
Philosophy Dept.
University of Ottawa

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