Terrorism, Insurgency and Militancy
So what, what does it matter? Well, language is obviously one of the most important elements in any discussion, framing the terms of that discussion. Tony Blair attempted to change the terms of the debate on public spending by rebranding spending as "schools and hospitals", Gordon Brown does the same, relabelling spending as "investment." With Iraq, I've been know to get very steamed up when some half-witted wooly-thinking tit refers to the 'resistance' in Iraq, but the one that really gets me is 'militant.'
Militant, like the 'Cornerstone Group'? Like the Church militant? Like militant feminists? Like Labour Militant? What these organisations/movements have in common is that they have firmly held ideological beliefs that they vigorously and aggressively proselytise. By non-violent means. To equate these with Hamas or Hezbollah is both ridiculous and offensive. It's the same as when the BBC refer to the Tory Party, the leadership of the CCCP, the mullahs in Iran and the political philosophy of Sheik Qaradawi all as being 'conservative' when what they mean is "we don't like it, it's nasty." Lazy language infuriates me, mainly because its a dead giveaway that lazy thinking lies beneath.