Thursday, December 29, 2005

Why can't the media grasp this?

Over at Big Lizards they call attention to yet another example of the press, this time the Washington Post failing to understand why there is a distinction between uniformed soldiers and non-uniformed illegal combatants.

That is what the title of this article should be; instead, the Washington Post misleadingly titled it U.S.Airstrikes Take Toll on Civilians, as if to say that the U.S. military is killing Iraqi civilians indiscriminately.

In recent days, the US military has increased the number and tempo of airstrikes. Terrorists, rapidly losing local support, have taken to hiding amongst unwilling civilians. The terrorists barge into civilian houses, either hoping to use the family as human shields -- or simply to kill them and blame it on Americans

Ellen Knickmeyer needs to write on the blackboard one hundred times, "When combatants hide amongst civilians in a war zone it gets civilians killed, that's why they're illegal combatants." She then needs to be given the task of printing out and distributing one of the best essays I read all year, Sanctuary, at Eject, Eject, Eject.