ANNE V. GILBERT
avgilbert at PRODIGY.NET
Fri Jan 18 20:44:12 UTC 2002
> "Collateral damage" supposedly is a US Armed Forces term (although in my
> experience it is used almost exclusively by reporters) meaning "civilian
> casualties." The phrase became well-known with the Gulf War (actually
> Desert Shield, the build-up for the Gulf War). Since the US Armed Forces
> have not been deliberately targeting civilians (else there would have been
> lot more civilian dead in the last decade!), the implication of
> damage" is "unintentional casualties" or "unfortunate casualties".
I think "collateral damage" dates back to the Vietnam period.
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