A suicide bomber blew himself up today in Moscow's Domodedovo airport. At least 35 are dead and more than a hundred others are injured--some of them in critical condition.
This is a post about the medias' tortured pursuit of a news reporting style from which no minority group can feel offense--even is such reporting makes the news itself so vague as to be misleading.
The BBC does it thusly:
BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said immediate suspicion about Monday's attack would fall on militants from the Caucasus region.No mention of suspected Islamic militants. No mention of the worldwide jihad. No mention of the desire of those "militant groups" to establish a caliphate.
Militant groups fighting in the Caucasus know how important the perception that the president and prime minister provide a secure society is, and to undermine that is a key aspect of their aims, adds our correspondent.
Last March the Russian capital's underground system was rocked by two female suicide bombers from Russia's volatile Dagestan region, who detonated their explosives on the busy metro system during rush hour, killing 40 people and injuring more than 80.
As for motivations behind those who are responsible, all that the BBC can manage to unearth is that
President Dmitry Medvedev has admitted that poverty, corruption and conflict in the North Caucasus is Russia's biggest internal problem.Ya, that and maybe the blinders being worn by British journalists and Russian leaders alike.