Furthermore, NATO countries are far from “impotent” bystanders; by arming, funding and training the insurgents and providing them with intelligence, their policy has considerably escalated the violence (more on this below) and arguably, probably deliberately, sabotaged Koffi Annan's peace initiative. The term “activist” in this context is also interesting. Seldom have CBC reporters been so passionately interested in what "activists" have to say (and never so ready to accept it uncritically). The word is generally used to refer to those engaged in grassroots organizing and peaceful protest. However, in Syria CBC has allowed armed rebels to retain their "activist" status as it helps obscure the nature of the insurgency, and pits Assad's tanks and helicopter gunships against the Syrian equivalent of occupy protesters. It is unimaginable that Margaret Evans or any CBC reporter would describe Palestinians engaged in this kind of armed resistance as “activists” and not “militants” or - more likely - “terrorists”.