It’s Going To Be One of Those Weeks…

Submitted for consideration.  I suspect the English language is going to be mightily abused in the days ahead:

“In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.”

–George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

“I think it should be surgical, it should be proportional.  It should be responsive to what happened on the ground.”

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) on “Meet the Press” discussing potential US response to reports that Assad regime used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels.

 

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