Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Defining an American State of War"

This article, written by Tom Engelhardt, focuses on the nine war words that America and basically the world should know in today's world. Engelhardt constructs a pleasant tone - as pleasant a tone can be - when referring to the wars America has been tied up in lately...

"So here's the latest word in war words: what's in, what's out, what's inside out. What follows are nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don't mean what you think they mean. Since you live in a twenty-first-century war state, you might consider making them your own".

His dry sense of humor - otherwise known as sarcasm - is captivating. The first word that Engelhardt introduces to his readers is "victory". Engelhardt is correct in saying that "victory" is a loaded word, and one of the past. Bush used it frequently, but it wasn't in his best interest ultimately to do so as we know now. "Enemy" follows as well as: covert war, "It used to mean secret war, a war 'in the shadows' and so beyond the public's gaze. Now, it means a conflict in the full glare of publicity that everybody knows about, but no one can do anything about. Think: in the news, but off the books," withdrawal "We're going, we're going... Just not quite yet and stop pushing"; drone war (see also Covert War): A permanent air campaign using missile-armed pilotless planes that banishes both withdrawal and victory to the slagheap of history; corruption; national sovereignty 1. Something Americans cherish and wouldn't let any other country violate; 2. Something foreigners irrationally cling to, a sign of unreliability or mental instability; and lastly war A totally malleable concept that is purely in the eye of the beholder.

His truthful depiction of America's wars is one you need to read for yourself! This article is full of truth and wit, and it will make you laugh, but feel like maybe - just maybe - you should cry at the state our world is currently in.

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