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3/17/2005 01:11:00 AM | Timothy

Confusing the conservative talking points on 'Terrorist' and 'Insurgent'
Right-wingers often complain when media outlets refer to "insurgents" in Iraq, rather than calling them "terrorists". This supposedly indicates the liberal media lack of moral clarity.

So imagine my surprise when Chien Wen of the Dartmouth Observer says that
[conservative blogger] Big Trunk calls Robinson and Zywicki "insurgents" ("insurgent candidacies" was the exact term he used). Can we please stop using this term? The petition candidates are not terrorists, and I'm hugely surprised that conservatives, who are usually the first to point out bad examples of moral equivalence, are implicitly making such comparisons.
Meanwhile, Nick Desai of dartlog, the Dartmouth Review's weblog says: "Prof. Susan Ackerman asserts that the 'insurgent candidates' (Chien Wen Kung liquidates that term)"

First conservatives nationally complain that 'terrorist' and 'insurgent' are not equivilant, and say 'shame' on the liberal media for lacking moral clarity in using the term 'insurgent;. Now comes campus conservatives criticizing a liberal professor for using the term 'insurgent', which they now claim is morally equivilent to 'terrorist'. Make up your mind folks.



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