Collateral damage. Of all the terrible euphemisms of the Gulf War, this was the ugliest. I know the real meaning: that Sister Jeanne and thirty girls were blown apart and burnt. It may be the saddest phrase in the language; many unwritten tragedies are concealed between the c and the e. Most have ensued from evil intent and evil action, but- and this is the saddest thing - a lot have ensued from good intent and innocent actions.
Hutchison, David, The Poverty Bush, Kunapipi, 19(2), 1997.