Monday, June 13, 2005

"Homicide" bombers

I was just sitting here reading a post on mypetjawa regarding "Suicide bombers", and realized the hypocricy of that term.

"Suicide" -

1. Main Entry: [1]sui·cide Pronunciation: 'sü-&-"sId Function: noun Etymology: Latin sui (general) of oneself + English -cide; akin to Old English & Old High German s In his, Latin suus one's own, sed, se without, Sanskrit sva oneself, one's own. Date:1643

1 a : the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.
2. Main Entry: [2]suicide Function: verb Inflected Form(s): sui·cid·ed; sui·cid·ing Date: 1841

intransitive senses: to commit suicide transitive senses: to put (oneself) to death

I would argue that they have always taken more than their own life. I would also argue that "especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind" negates the usage for multiple reasons. Many recruited are not of "years of discretion", and as for the "sound mind" part ...

"Homicide" -

Main Entry: ho·mi·cide Pronunciation: 'hä-m&-"sId, 'hO- Function: noun Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin homicida, from homo human being + -cida -cide; in sense 2, from Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin homicidium, from homo + -cidium -cide Date: 14th century

1 : a person who kills another

2 : a killing of one human being by another

Why has the "Main Stream Media" over the years decided to term them as "Suicide bombers" when they are clearly "Homicide bombers"?

What kind of sales job is being thrown to the world by refusing to push the idea that they are killing many innocent men, women, and children?

Do they hope to garner sympathy as the general population feels for an individual and his/her family at a person who takes their own life? The type where a person feels saddened and wonders what things that person was going through to drive them to this? How it could be avoided? What can be done to comfort the family in their time of hurt?

Where is the sympathy for the children that were trying to spend a normal day at school improving themselves through education? The women shopping to tend to their familys needs? The man in line to get a job, to serve his country, and provide for his family?

I for one vow to forever give them the title they should carry ...

"HOMICIDE bombers"

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