Saturday, January 15, 2005

AP drops scare quotes around "terrorists"

AP has always been the lesser of evils compared to Reuters and the disgusting AFP, but this comes as a shock: referring to Al Aqsa murderers, who only murder Jews, as terrorists without the usual scare quotes!

Grudging kudos also to Powell for saying what they are.

Of course, it is also sad when something this tiny and inconsequential is regarded as good news. -EoZ

Powell Demands Abbas Stop Terrorists

By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON - Faced with a sudden setback to Middle East peace prospects, Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) insisted Friday that new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas bring under control terror groups that are killing Israelis.

'He's got to get those terrorists under control,' Powell said after six Israelis were killed in a bombing and shooting attack at a Gaza crossing. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) responded by cutting all contact with Abbas.

"The terrorists are not going to destroy Israel. 'It's not going to accomplish anything. It hasn't accomplished anything,' Powell said."