by Laurence M. Vance, Ph.D.
In George Orwell's novel
Eighty-Four, the government had three slogans emblazoned on The Ministry
of Truth building: war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.
True, the dystopian society depicted by Orwell existed only in his mind. Yet,
the doublespeak that existed in that made-up society has increasingly been
adopted by governments -- our government.
It is a tragic thing that
the U.S. government employs doublespeak to deceive the American people; it is
even more tragic that most Americans accept government doublespeak as the gospel
There is no greater
instance of government doublespeak than when it comes to the military. Here are
I'm sure there are other
words and terms that have been or will be devised or brought to bear to justify
the actions of the U.S. military. Reject them, and denounce them for what they
are: military doublespeak.
Serving in the military:
getting money for college from the taxpayers.
Deploying to Iraq or
Afghanistan: occupying a sovereign country.
The global war on
terrorism: a cash machine for privileged government contractors.
Troop surge: escalation
of a war we are losing.
Flying sorties: bombing
civilians and their property.
helping to maintain the U.S. global empire of troops and bases.
techniques: torture by the United States.
U.S. sanctioned torture by other countries.
Fighting our enemies:
making more enemies.
Defending our freedoms:
destroying our freedoms.
who resent having their country invaded or occupied.
children without bombs and bullets.
trying to serve two masters.
Praying "God bless our
Supporting the troops:
supporting foreign invasions and occupations.
Cluster bomb: child
Land mine: American
Terrorist: someone who
plants a bomb that doesn't wear an Air Force uniform.
Enemies of the United States: countries that oppose U.S. hegemony.
Enemy combatant: someone turned over to U.S. troops in Afghanistan by someone eager to collect a bounty.
Axis of evil: countries
with oppressive governments that our oppressive government doesn't like.
Allies: countries with
oppressive governments that our oppressive government likes.
Anti-Semite: someone who
opposes U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.
Military recruiter: pimp
for duped young men who want to sell their services to the government.
U.S. interests: an
excuse to police the world.
U.S. foreign policy:
national police state.
Collateral damage: the
slaughter of unarmed civilians by American bullets and bombs.
Die for our freedoms:
die for a lie.
Regime change: meddling
in the affairs of other countries.
of large military budgets: pimps to hook up government and defense
Commander in chief: the
chief war criminal.
Laurence M. Vance [send him mail] writes from
Pensacola, FL. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State and The
Revolution that Wasn't. His newest book is Rethinking
the Good War. Visit his
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For background on Early Christian doctrine on war's sinfulness, click here.
For a bibliography of background on the U.S. empire and imperialism, click here.