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“Violence”

Another journalist made a smart observation in an e-mail he wrote to me a few months ago: “One of the most novel features of the Iraq campaign is the media’s steady reluctance to recognize or describe the nation’s enemy.”

Today, reader Brian C. spotted a perfect example of this phenomenon: “I know this is standard fare, but apparently neither insurgents nor terrorists are killing innocent people in Iraq anymore. They have been replaced by the ubiquitous ‘violence’”:

Violence Kills 63 People Across Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A roadside bomb blew up a bus Tuesday, killing 24 people as violence across Iraq left 63 people dead. Among the dead was a British soldier killed in a mortar attack in the south, while the U.S. military announced that an American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb on Monday.
A provincial governor said that 45 people from his predominantly Shiite region had been kidnapped in a Sunni area of western Iraq while traveling by bus out of the country.

In the media’s Iraq, coalition forces battle anthropomorphic bombs and mortars instead of the jihadis and Baathists who want to turn Iraq into a haven for terrorists. No wonder people are forgetting what we’re fighting for. 
UPDATE: Jim R. writes:

Count your blessings. If their editors gave them more leeway, the reporters would write this:

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Bush’s failed policies blew up a bus Tuesday, killing 24 people as violence across Iraq left 63 people dead. Among the dead was a British soldier killed by the Neocon agenda in the south, while the U.S. military announced that an American soldier was killed by Vice President Cheney’s close ties to Halliburton on Monday.

A provincial governor said that 45 people from his predominantly Shiite region died while Bush lied in a Sunni area of western Iraq while traveling by bus out of the country.

Brilliant.

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