Epistemological Slaughter in Iraq
The war in Iraq is a philosopher’s mirror, presenting all the quandries of classic philosophy in the media of blood and bombs.
Take, for example, the epistemological question presented by this morning’s news that 150 Iraqi educators and researchers have been kidnapped by what the Associated Press refers to as “gunmen dressed as police commandos”: What is the difference between a police commando and a gunman dressed as a police commando?
Police commandos have guns, right? Iraqi police have been observed taking people off the streets to hold in secret prisons, right?
So, how come the news media is referring to these people as “gunmen dressed as police commandos” and not just police commandos? How was that decision made?