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I've been trying to ignore this topic...
Words matter, and in the global war on terror we are losing the battle of words, in a self-inflicted defeat. The consequences could not be more profound....as it seemed mostly pointless to me.
Recent government policy memoranda, circulating through the national counter-terrorism and diplomatic community, establishes a new "speech code" for the lexicon in the war on terror, as reported by the Associated Press and now available in the public domain .
Then while working another project I stumbled across this poignant reminder of why I was wrong.
Greyhawk, Sir, yes, words really matter. This is not just an intellectual issue, but it is more one showing real wisdom. Many in this situation are absolutely clueless about this region of the World. Many don't realize when they speak/write, they feel that they are communicating to others but are actually talking with themselves.Posted by Grumpy at May 5, 2008 04:26 PM
The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 05/05/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.Posted by David M at May 5, 2008 07:29 PM
The language shift actually makes a lot of sense if it's connected to what David Kilcullen discussed at Small Wars Journal regarding the trap we fall into when we use the enemy's vocabulary on the enemy's terms. I'm not sure if this is the exact direction we're going, but ... read Kilcullen's article. It makes sense.Posted by Eric Chen at May 5, 2008 10:53 PM
He who controls the vocabulary controls the thoughts that can be expressed with that vocabulary.
My intended TA is not Muslims, and I am not required to drink the Kool Aid, so I will continue to call spades spades and jihadis jihadis.
We're so intimidated by the idea that there's a religious label on this and everybody is so afraid of their shadow to talk about it, that whenever you say what is obvious -- which is that you can't take the "Islam" out of Islamic terror and that the main cause of this is not democracy or lack of democracy; or, you know, ancient hatreds or the economy, poverty, or whatever our excuse is this week. This is driven by doctrine.
The decision has been made to suck up to the Muslims even if it disgusts the Jacksonians.Posted by Cannoneer No. 4 at May 6, 2008 01:29 AM
Steve Vincent's blog is still accessible - it's a good thing to read especially with what is now happening in southern Iraq. His death was a terrible loss.Posted by JSinAZ at May 6, 2008 03:04 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(5) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)