The Plague

Nato rockets kill 12 Afghan civilians | World news | guardian.co.uk

Two Nato rockets aimed at Taliban insurgents in Helmand missed their target today, killing 12 civilians sheltering in their home and dealing a sharp blow to hopes that civilian casualties would be avoided in the largest western-led operation of the nine-year Afghan war.

The incident occurred in Nad Ali, an insurgent-infested area where British troops are operating. A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said the rockets, which were fired by a sophisticated missile system, were a “US responsibility”.

See the way the report justifies the firing of the rockets and empathises with NATO by referring to the area as ‘insurgent-infested’? The Afghan insurgents are infesting the area, whereas British troops are merely operating there. The connoted contrast is between the plague and the pest controller.

Advertisements

1 Response to “The Plague”


  1. 1 mediabite February 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Pretty gruesome imagery. Seems to come from the journalism handbook…

    http://mediabite.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/propaganda-lesson-1/


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




I on Twitter

February 2010
M T W T F S S
« Jan   Mar »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728

%d bloggers like this: