On Monday the 8th of April 2013, a suicide car bomb was detonated in the business district of Damascus which killed at least 15 people. The Guardian posted the following article.
It is the final few paragraphs and phrases which caught my eye with regards to this blog.
“There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but state media blamed “terrorists”, a term the government uses for opposition fighters. Opposition groups accused the government of carrying out the attack”
The language used to report this horrific crime and how the word “terrorists” is placed in quotation marks seems to call into question how suicide car bombers should be referred to.
History tells us that if this type of event were to occur inside the UK or US – the term “terrorists” would be used without question or hesitation by the Guardian and other mainstream media.
The blatant acts of terrorism inside Syria over the last few years have been receiving special treatment from Western backed news organisations and this article is just one example of how.