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Language of War


As is frequently noted, one person’s freedom fighter is another person’s terrorist. One’s suicide bomber is another’s homicide bomber. Such is the entanglement of ideology, language, and battles, a dynamic perhaps best summarized in the Guardian during the First Gulf War thirty-one years ago. For example, one side has a military, the other a war machine. One side has reporting guidelines, the other censorship. One side has press briefings, the other propaganda. The missiles of one side cause collateral damage. The missiles of the other side cause civilian casualties. An element of gaslighting is always present. Sometimes, you can almost hear a famous Parliament song relexified.


Putin and Lavrov done really screwed this up under the sun. “This is not an invasion; this is a special military operation.” And any chelovek around there can get fifteen years for calling the invasion what it is.


“There are Nazis dominating the Ukraine.” The Azov Movement doesn’t seem to have the numbers or strength to dominate. They can’t hit Kyiv as hard as you do.


“Ukraine is a direct threat to the Russian Federation.” This explains why the nation acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and turned over 1,900 nuclear warheads to you. All the people in Moscow must be shaking in their boots.

“What you call a maternity hospital in Mariupol was really a military outpost.” Really? With a baby dying in that woman’s womb. I guess she, who died also, was planning to lead a brigade from the building to wrap Russian tanks in diapers.


“We didn’t bomb those other buildings. Ukrainian saboteurs did that.” Because they love helping to decimate their own cities and leaving their own populations without, water, food, and electricity.


“Those bodies in the streets of Bucha are crisis actors. The whole thing is fake. You can see the bodies moving.” But the world isn’t seeing that, Lavrov. They see slight video distortions caused by raindrops and mirrors. They see that your soldiers massacred innocent women, men, and children, and they see mass graves. They don’t see anybody acting their way out of them.


“The rocket strike on that train station in Kramatorsk was not our doing. We had no plans for operations in the area and don’t even use that type of missile.” Until you did and you do. You have been using Tochka-U missiles all along.


And war crimes and war lies continue to go on every day---under the sun, under the sun, under the sun . . .


#keithgilyard #thelanguagelane