Prof Goldney said using the term homicide bomber
was not entirely accurate because of the political and military context in which these deaths occurred.
assaults by gunmen who tried to storm it, while a homicide bomber
Another important point brought to light in The Crisis of Islam is the comparison between the ancient "Hashashin" cult of Shiite assassins and the modern-day homicide bomber
. Here, Lewis differentiates between the assassin, who used a dagger or other melee weapon to kill a targeted victim and was often killed in the process by the victim's security apparatus, and the homicide bomber
, who uses explosives to kill both intentional and unintentional victims and, in the process, brings about his own death at his own hand.
So we have difficulty anticipating where the next Improvised Explosive Device will be planted or which oncoming car is driven by a homicide bomber
. And soldiers die.
A "suicide bomber" becomes a "homicide bomber
" while "insurgents" or "militants" become "terrorists" on Fox.
Sadly, whenever a homicide bomber
or gunman does his or her work, everyone mourns.
In a press briefing President Bush's spokesman, Ari Fleisher, explained the White House shift to using "homicide bomber
" this way: "The reason I started to use that term is because it's a more accurate description.
In recent weeks, protests at other papers against using "suicide bomber" or "terrorist" has prompted calls for new labels, such as "homicide bomber
," which advocates claim puts more attention on the victim than the perpetrator.
Recently, I saw a news broadcast in which the father of the latest Palestinian homicide bomber
stated he was proud of his daughter for what she did.