Mar
23
2009

Euphemisms and Afghanistan

The lead of an article in the New York Times today (3/23/09): KABUL, Afghanistan – A predawn raid by United States Special Forces that killed five people on Sunday has produced sharply conflicting accounts from the American military and local Afghan officials as to whether the dead were civilians or militants, resurrecting a sore point that has troubled the American-led war here. "Resurrecting a sore point?"For something to be resurrected, it has to have gone away, right?That's not the case with civilian deaths in Afghanistan–nor would most people belittle such suffering as a "sore point." The day before, the Times […]