Can We Finally Do Away With The Term “Homicide Bomber” Indonesia Hotel Blast Kills 15, Wounds Nearly 150
I have never liked the switch from the term “suicide bomber” to the term “homicide bomber”. The Bush Administration started using it shortly after 9/11 and Fox has been repeating it ever since. It’s wrong. It minimizes the most horrifying — to me — aspect, which is the fact that a person would take his own life just to kill others. Besides, anyone who sets off a bomb with the intention of killing others is a homicide bomber, whether he dies as a result or not. It’s a misleading term that actually diminishes the horror of the act.

A suspected homicide bombing at the Marriott Hotel (search) created lunchtime carnage in  Jakarta’s (search) business district Tuesday, killing 15 people and wounding nearly 150, setting cars afire and scattering glass shards for blocks in a bloody reminder of the continuing threat of terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

The blast came two days before a verdict in the trial of a key suspect in the Bali (search) nightclub bombings last Oct. 12 that killed 202 people, many of them foreigners. A Dutch banker was among the dead Tuesday, and at least 10 foreigners, including two Americans, were reported injured.

The attack occurred on the first day of testimony in another bombing case by the alleged leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (search), which has been blamed for the Bali bombings. Authorities have linked the group to Al Qaeda and say it hopes to create an Islamic state across Southeast Asia.

Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reported Wednesday that Jemaah Islamiyah claimed responsibility for the bombing. The paper said the claim came from a member of the group, but it did not explain how it obtained the statement or provide other details. It couldn’t be immediately determined if the claim was authentic.

Mentioned on Best of the Web. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

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