Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Finally - A Way to Win the War
Thanks to the masterful leadership of such luminaries as Nancy Pelosi and our friends on the other side of the pond, victory in the war is in sight.

That's right! By simply choosing not to use the words "Global War on Terror", our elected leadership feels that they can win.

Excuse me, but since when has changing the words we call something ever made a damn bit of difference in the outcome of some struggle? This is the linguistic epitome of sticking one's head in the sand. It is chicken shit to think that a changing of the terminology is going to change a damn thing.

Which word do they take issue with?

"Global"? It seems to me that this is an apt descriptor as the struggle is taking place world-wide, from Beslan to NYC, from Indonesia to Madrid.

"War"? What else do you call it when one group is set on exterminating another group, who is struggling not to be extinguished? It is an armed struggle we are talking about here, not some sort of high school debate.

"Terror"? What else do you call it when non-uniformed combatants take out their villainous plot on innocent civilians? The use suicide bombers, hijackings, improvised explosive devices to kill and maim grandmothers, children, and people at their jobs. Simply put, these guys get off on Terrorizing the Civilians, hence the term "Terror".

Nope, it seems to me that "The Global War on Terror" is the perfect terminology to define the struggle we are in.

Moreover, I would strongly suggest to our "leadership" (now there's a term we should consider phasing-out) stick to real solutions instead of dictating that people not call things what they are.

"Look! There's an elephant in the room!"

"No, no, no. That's a grey largest-land-mammal, dear."

Fuck me twice on Tuesdays...

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posted by Phoenix | 10:13 AM


At 12:57 PM, Blogger Richmond said...

It boggles the mind, doesn't it? Because it's not "war" if we don't use the word... We could call it a "police action" - that worked once, right? Pisses me off.

I am reminded a bit of a George Carlin skit where he noted the progression of terminology from "shell shock" to "post traumatic stress disorder."
His money quote? "Well, maybe if they had still been calling it "shell shock" those Vets could have gotten the help that they needed..."


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