Cowardy custard

Press TV
The Lebanon attack, during which a ranking serviceman perished, has met with the Italian premier Romano Prodi's 'strong condemnation'. Outraged by the incident, that lead to the death of the Lebanese Brigadier General Francois El-Hajj, Prodi rebuked the atrocity as "cowardly".
What exactly is a cowardly attack? High altitude bombing? Gunships? Rockets fired into built-up areas? Cruise missiles? What would have constituted an uncowardly attack, an Al Qaeda fighter galloping down the street on horseback with a gun in each hand? Jeez!