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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:09 AM
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3. Deliberate use of the misleading word "spike"
The headline writers do that consistently when talking about violence levels in Iraq or Afghanistan.

"Spike" implies it's an anomalous, sudden rise and it will fall again just as quickly. What we're seeing in both places, instead, is a steady rise overall that may not fall off until the occupying troops leave or are forced out. And it may continue to rise for quite a while after that.
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  -NATO sees spike in Afghanistan violence cal04  Oct-08-06 08:13 AM   #0 
  - The whole region is out of control thanks to PNAC and Dick Cheney's  whistle   Oct-08-06 08:16 AM   #1 
  - England knew 1 year ago we were in serious trouble in Afghanistan  bushmeat   Oct-08-06 09:04 AM   #2 
  - Deliberate use of the misleading word "spike"  DavidD   Oct-08-06 10:09 AM   #3 
  - NATO chief warns of Afghan tipping point  TomInTib   Oct-08-06 12:57 PM   #4 
  - but Afghanistan is already a model democracy, and a shining symbol  peacebird   Oct-08-06 12:57 PM   #5 
  - Recommended.  DeepModem Mom   Oct-08-06 12:57 PM   #6 
  - k & r  Barrett808   Oct-08-06 12:57 PM   #7 
  - I keep reading this, and I can't tell if the military guys are  igil   Oct-08-06 08:30 PM   #13 
     - Why choose?  bemildred   Oct-08-06 09:54 PM   #14 
  - NATO chief warns of Afghan tipping point  FVZA_Colonel   Oct-08-06 04:18 PM   #8 
  - This guy doesn't know what he's talking about!  NanceGreggs   Oct-08-06 04:18 PM   #9 
  - What everyone seems to forget is that the Taliban were the  theoldman   Oct-08-06 04:18 PM   #10 
  - The imperishable "critical six months" still lies ahead.  bemildred   Oct-08-06 04:18 PM   #11 
  - No wonder Chimpy wanted NATO to take control  bahrbearian   Oct-08-06 04:18 PM   #12 
  - K  Moderator   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #15 
  - General: Afghans may soon back Taliban  rodeodance   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #16 
  - But Iraq is so much more important, I ,mean they may not have Bin Laden  AIJ Alom   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #17 
  - Yeah, Coultergeist assured the base that everything in  Erika   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #19 
  - Another complete failure for the repubs.  last1standing   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #18 
  - "Every member ... should be tried, convicted, and imprisoned for life."  Straight Shooter   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #20 
  - Smirk loses TWO wars  TOJ   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #21 
  - Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence  CHIMO   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #22 
  - They can't have that short of memories  TheFarseer   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #23 
  - I remember when someone asked me  fujiyama   Oct-09-06 04:44 AM   #24 
  - NATO commander: "Surging suicide blasts indicate defeat of Taliban"  oblivious   Oct-10-06 05:05 PM   #25 
  - NATO claims fewer Taliban attacks  cal04   Oct-11-06 11:56 AM   #26 

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