A) Definition of euphemism:
"A euphemism is a substitution of a delicate or inoffensive term or phrase for one that has coarse, sordid, or otherwise unpleasant associations"
"Language exists to express and communicate,but perpetrators reluctant to face up to their guilt often find ways to use language to conceal, confuse, and mislead." Roy F. Baumeister in Evil, Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
from "collateral damage" to 'cold war' (1)
a history of weasel words.
the triumph of doublespeak (Orwell)
- BOMBING FOR PEACE, may mean .........
- BOMBING SAVES LIVES!! .........
(1) The "cold war" expression was actually coined in the 14th century, when Prince Juan Manuel, the regent of Castile and Leon, applied it to the struggle between the Spanish Christians and the Arab Moors. The prince meant that, unlike "hot," or formally declared, wars, the "cold war" began without a declaration of war and ended without a peace treaty.(1)
It is a process that begins with the words themselves. But then perpetrators play endless games with words to try and present the shocking and horrific as mundane and ordinary, and to confuse the public while hiding their crimes and sickening intentions so as to alleviate their guilt.
C) the The Odyssey Dawn in Lybia.
Odyssey means "an extended adventurous voyage or trip."
Odyssey Dawn which has been touted as protection of the Libyan people.
A Name By Any Other Rows....led to the successful and hasty culmination of the Administration's heretofore non-plan of a non-attack in a non-war.
In other words: "Super-Caliph-Fatalistic-Exit-Strategosis"
D) JSOC, the acronym
"We started to investigate a series of night raids [by US forces],and discovered that the people doing the raids were members of this elite secret unit. When we realised where else in the world they were operating, we realised we had a film."
The extent of the US military's covert operations and the amount of "collateral damage" are shocking; the film shows that even US citizens have been the victims of non-judicial executions;
and the argument that the war on terror is ultimately unwinnable because indiscriminate killings radicalise whole populations is persuasive.
"Somehow, in front of our eyes, undeclared wars have been launched in countries across the globe; foreigners and citizens alike assassinated by presidential decree;
the war on terror transformed into a self-fulfilling prophecy,"
Scahill laments at the end of the film.
"How does a war like this ever end, and what happens to us when we realise what was hidden in plain sight?"