I gotta admit I've heard this "cowardly" stuff since Reagan used it when a marine barracks was attacked via suicide bomb in Lebanon years ago.
But if the bomber opts to "march into hell for what he believes is a heavenly cause" is that cowardly?
"A pawn in their game", fine!
Applied to Mr. Laden. and his staff? No problem!
But lets not use it to describe the bombers.
They gave their lives willingly for their cause.
That's not cowardly, to me.
Whoever first coined the line, "those who give the orders are not the ones who to die", Sure hit the nail on the head.
Sure seems an appropriate contemplation now.
Since Adolph's close circle get their due, the definition of war has changed to insure the safety of those who give the orders.
And that applies everywhere, not just the Middle East.
Remember that Mountbatten fellow? his attackers didn't die. Did anyone use "coward" then.
In fact most IRA bombings of buses and such were against the very same innocent types as got hit Tuesday except the bombers didn't perish on purpose.
Words like coward and hero are surely strange.
Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron were heros. But their heroism doos not compare with like Gambol Rogers who drowned while trying to save a swimmer.