Remind anyone who claims we are “at war” in Iraq:
If this is a “war,” then the opponents who attack our troops or civilians are engaged in warfare. Any civilians who die — whether by wholesale bombing of cities or smaller attacks — by our own definitions, are “collateral damage.”
I never thought I’d hear a phrase that was worse, in its arrogant disrespect for other humans beings, than “collateral damage.” But Condi Rice managed it.
She recently referred to troop losses as “acceptable by-product.”