Tuesday, November 28, 2006


co·ter·ie [koh-tuh-ree] n.
A small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently.

A few weeks back I had whined [link] about how the American media is pandering to the government by not using the term 'civil war' to describe the civil war in Iraq. Finally, NBC broken the coterie yesterday [link] by declaring that it will refer to the "ongoing sectarian strife in Iraq" as a civil war.

If they want to be really fair, they should go a step further and start using the qualifier "Iraqi civil war caused by the US invasion" every time they mention Iraq, just like they use the qualifier "caused by Hezbollah which is supported by Iran" every time they mention the Lebanon war, or "backed by Hugo Chevez who is flush with oil money" every time they talk of rogue Latin American politicians.

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