The Plague

Nato rockets kill 12 Afghan civilians | World news |

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.

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…

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