What exactly is a “militant”?

Ever notice that when the Israeli government murders someone, they call them a “militant“? Now, Hamas suicide bombers and riflemen are “terrorists,” but what exactly is a “militant”? It seems that if those they killed were “terrorists,” they would say so.

I’m sticking with the definition “innocent bystander” until someone can show me different.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of Antiwar.com, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.