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Saturday, July 15, 2006


Non-suicide bombers

Many of us no doubt laugh at FOX News' steadfast use of the word "homicide bomber" to describe what everyone else in the world refers to as a "suicide bomber." FOX says they want to emphasize the fact that the bomber is doing more than killing him or herself. Whatever. But wouldn't it be entirely appropriate if we adopt FOX's term "homicide bomber" to describe acts like this?
At least 12 Lebanese villagers, including women and children, were killed in what appeared to be an Israeli airstrike on a convoy of vehicles evacuation a village near the border with Israel in southern Lebanon, a witness said. The convoy was leaving the village of Marwaheen, which abuts the border, when it was attacked. Associated Press Photographer Nasser Nasser said he counted 12 bodies in two cars that burned from the attack shortly after midday .

At least three civilians were killed in another Israeli airstrike on the main highway linking Lebanon to Syria.
Sure sounds like the acts of homicide bombers to me.

Who is it that is targeting civilians? Consider the numbers:

At least 88 people have died in Lebanon, most of the them civilians, in the four-day Israeli offensive, sparked by Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid. On the Israeli side, at least 15 have been killed -- four civilians and 11 soldiers.
Update: Hard to keep up with Israeli brutality: "Police said 106 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Lebanon."

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