NY Times describes Taliban killers who shot young Pakistani girl as 'militants'

Leo Rennert
In the long struggle against Islamic terrorists, this is one for the books:  A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who stood up and demanded equal education rights for girls was gunned down at point blank by Taliban savages.  She's gone through three hours of surgery to remove a bullet near her brain.  And now she is fighting for her life.

In reporting this atrocity, the New York Times describes her would-be killers who threaten to try again to murder her if she survives as "militants."  Girls, according to the Taliban, have no right to an education.  And for anyone with a minimum sense of decency, to kill a youngster for wanting an education is an abomination.

One wonders if Malala Yousafzai, who has become a national heroine in Pakistan, would welcome this "militant" euphemism, which is intended to soften the bestial character of the Taliban.  Who is the Times trying to protect?

"Militant" as a label for these monsters shows the Times badly needs a wake-up call about what the war on terror really involves.

Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers

In the long struggle against Islamic terrorists, this is one for the books:  A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who stood up and demanded equal education rights for girls was gunned down at point blank by Taliban savages.  She's gone through three hours of surgery to remove a bullet near her brain.  And now she is fighting for her life.

In reporting this atrocity, the New York Times describes her would-be killers who threaten to try again to murder her if she survives as "militants."  Girls, according to the Taliban, have no right to an education.  And for anyone with a minimum sense of decency, to kill a youngster for wanting an education is an abomination.

One wonders if Malala Yousafzai, who has become a national heroine in Pakistan, would welcome this "militant" euphemism, which is intended to soften the bestial character of the Taliban.  Who is the Times trying to protect?

"Militant" as a label for these monsters shows the Times badly needs a wake-up call about what the war on terror really involves.

Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers