Terrorists? No, they’re just very naughty militants.

I’ve noticed that in much of the reporting of the Algerian hostage crisis many journalists refer to the kidnappers as “militants”.

If a bunch of savages had kidnapped and killed my father/uncle/brother/son/cousin/husband/friend when they were going about the own business I wouldn’t call those people “militants”. I’d call the bastards “terrorists”.

Are journalists naturally soft in the head or is it now a condition of their employment?

(At least William Hague had the decency to call them terrorists.)

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