Article copyCall me Mr Not-Very-Nice but I can't help drawing connections between these two bits of news coming down the wire this morning. First the Times (of London), that has taken this preposterous habit of calling the terrorists "militants":
Osama bin Laden's son 'killed in US drone strike'Ka-boom. Who's your Daddy now?
Osama bin Laden's son Sa'ad was is (sic) thought to have been killed by a US strike in Pakistan, it emerged today.
Sa'ad bin Laden, a prominent figure in the murky relationship between Iran and al Qaeda, was believed to have gone to Pakistan after spending a number of years under house arrest in Iran, according to US intelligence officials.
It is understood that a missile fired from a drone aircraft killed him earlier this year this year, according to a report on US National Public Radio.
Next, Fox News. Emphasis mine for, you know, drawing connections:
Stone Age Murder:1 Spear Wound Shows Human Killed NeanderthalHas it been so long since the 101st pulverized Saddam Hussein's rabid offspring? Man, time flies.
Newly analyzed remains suggest that a modern human killed a Neanderthal man in what is now Iraq between 50,000 and 75,000 years ago.
The finding is scant but tantalizing evidence for a theory that modern humans helped to kill off the Neanderthals.
The probable weapon of choice: A thrown spear.
Still, as I was saying in introduction, I see connections and progress here. An alternate title for this entry could have been, perhaps:
The Modern ManFrom Thrown Spears To Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Whacking Neanderthals Since the Stone Age (and loving it).
(For other Neanderthal News, see this: Hundreds flee as military drill sparks bushfire in Marseille [France — Ed.])