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March 25, 2006
Here we go again

U.S. indicts 50 Colombians it calls 'narcoterrorists'

Fifty leaders of the Colombian rebel group FARC, described as "narcoterrorists" by U.S. authorities, have been indicted in Washington for allegedly exporting more than $25 billion worth of cocaine to the U.S. and other countries, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday.

Yes, big kudos for the huge bust.

But.

Narcoterrorists? That's as stupid as 'ecoterrorist'.

Do we have to rename every class of criminal as some kind of terrorist? Is the Federal government that desperate for a 'win' in its "War On Terror" that it has to reclassify every crime as "terrorism" in order to boost its numbers?

Well, yeah. They are that desperate. I guess they don't really care that they're diluting their brand name as long as they can pretend they're making some kind of progress in their stupid war.

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Random Digression

War On Terror...War on Islamic Extremism...The Long War...Whatever The Hell It Is This Week.

I'm just saying. I've done a fair bit of writing in my life and one thing I know is that when I don't have a title for a story, it's because I'm not clear in my mind what the narrative actually is.

When I know what I'm doing and where I'm going, the right title is there. Those stories where I keep changing the title are invariably confused messes that wind up in the trash.

Also? Spending my time fiddling with titles instead of fixing the problems with the story? Never works.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:28 AM


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