Sunday, March 19, 2006


Recent Surge of Violence

The phrase "recent surge of violence" has replaced "turning the corner" as the lead chiché in Iraq War reporting. EarlG of notes this phrase has been used since 2003:
This morning I learned that Pentagon officials have said that force levels in Iraq would not be cut "anytime soon," apparently because of a "recent surge in violence" sweeping Iraq. But what struck me most about that news was votesomemore's response in this thread claiming that, "There is ALWAYS a 'recent surge in violence.'"

That got me thinking. Is there always a "recent surge in violence" in Iraq? I Googled the phrase, and discovered that the answer to the question is, well, yes.
(Source: Democratic Underground post "Recent Surge of Violence, March 4, 2006)
Thesaurus, anyone?


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