Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bill Keller, executive editor of the NY Times, acknowledging that the paper will use the term "civil war":
We expect to use the phrase sparingly and carefully, not to the exclusion of other formulations, not for dramatic effect. The main shortcoming of “civil war” is that, like other labels, it fails to capture the complexity of what is happening on the ground. The war in Iraq is, in addition to being a civil war, an occupation, a Baathist insurgency, a sectarian conflict, a front in a war against terrorists, a scene of criminal gangsterism and a cycle of vengeance. We believe “civil war” should not become reductionist shorthand for a war that is colossally complicated.

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