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

Submitted by soren velice (United States), Sep 9, 2004 at 19:03

Follow the links. Almost all the articles refer to a terrorist attack or terrorists before using the other terms. Why use the other terms? Because a. terrorist is a loaded phrase and isn't always applicable (for example, hardly anybody would call US soldiers in Iraq terrorists, even though they've killed lots of civilians) and b. when you write for a living, as I do, you realize it's tedious to read (and write) about something and have to read (or write) the same word over and over, unless it's the only one that fits.
i think bomber works pretty good, as does attacker, extremist or criminal. after all, even terrorists aren't two-dimensional.

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