Wednesday, May 04, 2011

War on pointy sticks

Another letter in the SMH:
Both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have applauded the death of Osama bin Laden as a significant milestone in ''the war on terror''. They may be interested to know that the Obama administration formally abandoned this neo-conservative Bush-ism over 12 months ago and Obama himself rarely used it after coming to office.

Anne Ackroyd Melba (ACT)

We all know the media's total inability to recognise, let alone name the common trait between suicide bombers, headchoppers, plane hijackers, shooters and others who yell "Allah Akhbar" before killing innocents.

But quite frankly, "War on Terror" was itself a useless name for the conflict, albeit for different reasons than those Ms Ackroyd believes.

WWII wasn't a war against planes, or a war against submarines. It was a war against the Japanese and the Germans.

How can we fight an enemy when we can't even name them?



Anonymous Shtinetime said...

War on terror was a misnomer - the war was never on terror, terror was a means for enemies of the way we live to declare war on us. The war was (and still is) the War on the West.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Yes, but we can't call it that, can we?

1:34 PM  

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