Wednesday, June 29, 2005

War and our language

For a really good article in a Malaysian newspaper go to:

http://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2005/6/29/lifefocus/11327930&sec=lifefocus

You'll get a good idea of what many folks outside of McMerica think about Dubya and how that refelcts on US living abroad.

It also details how we use the word war nonchalantly in casual speech.


A cople of quotes:

Maybe we should just blame George Bush. The man who started the very abstract war on terrorism that then morphed into a very real war on people can surely be held responsible for the prevailing obsession with being war-like about everything.

Marina Mahatir
The Star
June 29,2005

To George Bush, the war against terror has meant demonising whole communities of people based on their faith, and marching into countries to occupy them, a very twisted way of giving them “freedom”.

Marina Mahatir
The Star
June 29,2005

Or is it, in the style of George Bush, an impatience with approaches to problem solving that require much study and thought, that may take some time to show results, that doesn’t yield much business opportunities for t-shirt and banner makers, that doesn’t lend opportunities for photo taking with VIPs? Let’s get ‘em quick and fast and then move on to the next thing, damn the trail of suffering we might leave behind. There are Dubyas all over the world.

Marina Mahatir
The Star
June 29,2005

-Matt

p.s. I seem to recall someone recently posting on a reply on Hobpoets that the war in Iraq was a good thing. Maybe it ain't right of us to think we got the higher moral ground and truck in for a 'peace' and 'freedom' war after all? Anyway, I thought it was about oil... not freedom.

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