I wrote earlier about how I thought it was curious that most media outlets in March were describing the fight in Libya as being between the “pro-Gadaffi forces” and the rebels.
I asked, back then, if the armed forces fighting for a country is called “an army”, why wasn’t this conflict being described as being between the “Libyan army and the rebels”.
Well, with the toppling of Gaddafi and with some bodies recognizing the legitimacy of the Libyan transitional government, I guess it’s okay again to call the armed forces fighting for a country the “army” or “government troops”.
Case in point is BBC News and this October 8 story where the first line is Libyan government troops have moved on the city from two directions.
Notice the armed forces fighting against the pro-Gaddafi forces are not labelled by BBC News as “pro-Mustafa Abdel Jalil forces”, because, well, that would be weird, wouldn’t it?