Why does the press keep calling the terrorists who are terrorizing Iraq “insurgents?” They’re getting their money through Al Quaeda and other foreign sources, they’re mostly foreign fighters to begin with, and they’re killing far, far more innocent civilians than government, coalition, or U.S. forces.
How is that “insurgency?” I could buy “guerrilla invasion” or even “proxy rebellion,” except that the tactics being employed are TERRORIST tactics. They’re trying to pressure a government and a military coalition politically by murdering the civilians that government has sworn (and has now been ELECTED) to protect.
It’s really quite simple. The West is doing battle with Al Quaeda terrorists on the ground in Iraq. Why isn’t it getting reported that way?
(UPDATE: best answer I’ve heard so far, paraphrased — “because the US military called them insurgents for the first couple of years.” As naming conventions go, that’s hard to argue with.)