Laurence Vance is always excellent on the subject of war, particularly when he writes about its relationship to Christianity. I saw him speak in June, and he did not disappoint. I was particularily impressed by his boldness in discussing the biblical conception of war and countering arguments for a more hawkish perspective presented by the audience — even those wishing to have their military records validated.
Now, he’s composed a pretty long list of doublespeak our government and society use in relation to the military. Here’s a small sample:
- Troop surge: escalation of a war we are losing.
- Flying sorties: bombing civilians and their property.
- Stationed overseas: helping to maintain the U.S. global empire of troops and bases.
- Enhanced interrogation techniques: torture by the United States.
- Extraordinary rendition: U.S. sanctioned torture by other countries.
- Fighting terrorism: making terrorists.
- Fighting our enemies: making more enemies.
- Defending our freedoms: destroying our freedoms.
Read the rest of the list (there’s a lot more) here.Published in