The Bush administration is twisting words again

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 1:08 a.m.
The word-masters of the Bush administration are at it again. Having dismissed provisions of the Geneva Convention as "quaint," the administration's military representatives in Iraq have found a new term - "possibly innocent" - to describe the nature of the civilian victims of our military operations there.
A 500-pound bomb hits a wrong target outside Mosul, killing at least five and maybe 12 people living in the house. The official statement: "Multinational Force Iraq deeply regrets the loss of possibly innocent lives."
Actually, even if the bomb had hit the "right" target, the same justification for the resulting damage might have been invoked. The target was described as being a house that was "meant to be searched during an operation to capture an Iraqi force cell leader."
A few picky people have questioned the methods of the military in using aerial bombs in connection with such search-and-seize operation. Inevitably, civilians will be killed in these operations, but never mind, these folks are only "possibly innocent" and therefore merely "regrettable" victims of necessary military operations.
Jerry D. Rose, Gainesville

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