Newspeak 2009

    After writing my last Newspeak column in 2008, I decided it was worthy of an occasional revisit. I happened across this collection of items on another site and I have tweaked some of them. Unfortunately, the original author is unknown. But they are worthy of re-posting all over the web. So without further delay I give you Newspeak 2009.

    Peace = Permanent pre-hostility

    Unprovoked attack by USA or Israel = Pre-emptive strike

    Aggressive war = Conflict or dispute

    Permanent aggressive war = Protracted conflict

    Global aggressive war = Spreading democracy

    Individual resistance to aggressive war = Terrorism

    Group resistance to aggressive war = Insurgency

    National resistance to aggressive war = Terrorist state / rogue state

    Multi-national resistance to aggressive war = Axis of Evil

    Political leader of resistance to aggressive war = Dictator / Tyrant

    Military leader of resistance to aggressive war = Warlord

    Any Muslim who questions aggressive war = al-Qaeda

    Any other person who questions aggressive war = Militant

    Department that promotes aggressive war = Department of Defense

    Invasion to promote aggressive war = Incursion

    Victim of aggressive war = Unlawful combatant

    Weapons of aggressive war = Policy instruments

    Massive funding for aggressive war = Enhanced force protection

    Popular support for aggressive war = Corporate News

    Massive funding for rich weapons makers = Supporting the troops

    Genocide = Degrading the enemy

    Dead U.S. soldiers = Non-operative personnel

    Murder (as a verb) = Neutralize

    Attack = Defend

    Facts / evidence / objective reality = Enemy propaganda

    Theft of natural resources = Liberation

    Violence in pursuit of theft = National security

    Military censorship = Embedded reporters

    Destroying civilian infrastructure = Asymmetric warfare

    Destroying civilians themselves = Collateral damage

    Psychopathic mercenaries /death squads = Security forces

    Imprisonment = Detention

    Prisoner = Detainee

    Torture = Interrogation

    Illegal spying on Americans = Terrorist surveillance

    Questioning war = Anti-Americanism

    Questioning murder = Cut and run

    Questioning the government = Lack of patriotism

    Mass questioning of the government = Home-grown terrorism

    Mass ignorance = Consumer confidence

    Debt = Wealth

    U.S. Constitution / Geneva Conventions = Quaint and obsolete documents

    We will nuke anyone anytime we like = All options are on the table

    Human bodies = Soft targets

    Iraqi or Afghani Security Forces = Muslims we shoot only some of the time

    Israelis that violently evict Palestinians from their homes = Settlers

    Distraction while we prepare to strike again = Peace process (which never ends)

    A child who got killed when she got in the way = Human shield

    Apartheid wall = Security fence

    Muslim = Islamist or Islamofascist

    Islam = Anti-American radicalism

    Questioning Zionist atrocities = Antisemitism

    Questioning Israeli supremacy = Antisemitism

    Questioning U.S. funding for Israel = Antisemitism

    Questioning AIPAC espionage against the USA = Antisemitism

    Questioning the Holocaust = Antisemitism

    Questioning Obama’s policies and decisions = Racism

    Please direct any questions to your local Citizen Corps Council, your local Clergy Response Team member, or your nearest InfraGuard Member.

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