07/07/007: To offend or not to offend...that is the question
On this, the anniversary of the London bombings, and in wake of the recent terrorist activities in Britain, Gordon Brown should be applauded for divorcing the offending word "Muslim" from our lexicon when using the label "terrorists". After all, "Muslim terrorist" is just too specific a term, and can't describe just anybody.
I am appalled, however, that Gordon Brown has not stricken "doctor" from the referencing of the five who have been charged with the plotting. After all, not all of those in the medical profession are terrorists! And more importantly and incredibly: Not all terrorists are even doctors!
And let's not offend terrorists by referring to those responsible for the London bombings as "terrorists". but call them for what they accurately are: "disaffected" "bombers". I mean, c'mon...."terrorist" is such an extreme, inflammatory word. It isn't loaded with the same explosive connotations and political baggage as the term "bomber" is.
So meanwhile, Gordon Brown and the British government continues to offend a whole class of citizens by not condemning the media's flawed description of the...um...attackers, and their failed attempts at
Whatever it is we are allowed to call them at the moment, let us not forget that we are currently in a struggle with those who want to kill us, even though we can't seem to name them, for fear of offending a whole group of people. Perhaps....even referring to them as "people" is going a bit too far? Alright: monsters. Oh, no...wait: God forbid, I should be offending any monsters out there reading this. I'm so sorry....just forget I ever said anything at all, here.