V.D. Hanson — with emphasis on the V.D. (the wingnut disease!) — discourses on a “clarified” wartime lexicon, and thus we can trace the many spirochetes’ journey from Bush’s and Olmert’s jockstraps straight to Victor’s sore noggin:
â€œCiviliansâ€? in Lebanon have munitions in their basements and deliberately wish to draw fire; in Israel they are in bunkers to avoid it. Israel uses precision weapons to avoid hitting them; Hezbollah sends random missiles into Israel to ensure they are struck.
â€œCollateral damageâ€? refers mostly to casualties among Hezbollahâ€™s human shields; it can never be used to describe civilian deaths inside Israel, because everything there is by intent a target.
â€œInnocentâ€? often refers to Lebanese who aid the stockpiling of rockets or live next to those who do. It rarely refers to Israelis under attack.
The â€œmilitantsâ€? of Hezbollah donâ€™t wear uniforms, and their prime targets are not those Israelis who do.
â€œMultinational,â€? as in â€œmultinational force,â€? usually means â€œthird-world mercenaries who sympathize with Hezbollah.â€? See â€œpeacekeepers.â€?
â€œPeacekeepersâ€? keep no peace, but always side with the less Western of the belligerents.
What explains this distortion of language? A lot.
But most of all, the world deplores the Jewish state because it is strong, and can strike back rather than suffer. In fact, global onlookers would prefer either one of two scenarios for the long-suffering Jews to learn their lesson. The first is absolute symmetry and moral equivalence: when Israel is attacked, it kills only as many as it loses. For each rocket that lands, it drops only one bomb in retaliation â€” as if any aggressor in the history of warfare has ever ceased its attacks on such insane logic.
The other desideratum is the destruction of Israel itself. Iran promised to wipe Israel off the map, and then gave Hezbollah thousands of missiles to fulfill that pledge. In response, the world snored. If tomorrow more powerful rockets hit Tel Aviv armed with Syrian chemicals or biological agents, or Iranian nukes, the â€œinternationalâ€? community would urge â€œrestraintâ€? â€” and keep urging it until Israel disappeared altogether. And the day after its disappearance, the Europeans and Arabs would sigh relief, mumble a few pieties, and then smile, â€œLife goes on.â€?
Well, I have a few clarified wingnut definitions for Diseased Dicktor:
“Moral equivalence” — what nationalist, tribalist and racist pigs say when you demand a single standard of judgement be applied to all war criminals.
“Anti-semitism” — what wingnuts use to bludgeon critics of Israel, but never use against its actual praciticioners, the bulk of whom being pro-Israel Christians who believe that Jews killed Christ and who support Israel only because they believe it will bring more quickly that day when Jebus returns to kill all non-believers, including, yes, Jews.
“Genocide” — what wingnuts accuse, mostly correctly, Iran’s regime of enthusing-over; yet wingnuts themselves, from John Podhoretz to Glenn Reynolds, share the same sort of the same sort of enthusiasm but which is instead parsed in wingnutese as “steely resolve”.
“Terrorists” — what wingnuts call Palestinians who misguidedly and atrociously attack civilians in the nastiest ways so that, one day, they may have a nation of their own. These Palestinians also unfortunately make friendly overtures to the most reactionary regimes on Earth. On the other hand, “terrorists” can never be made to apply to pre-1948 Zionists who atrociously attacked civilians and made friendly overtures to the most reactionary regime in Earth’s history.
“Peacemaker” — the ultimate slur-word according to wingnuts, many of whom claim to be Christian, but are only of the “I come not with peace but with a sword” variety.
“Ragegasm” — what wingnuts feel when they see any Muslim blown to bits.
“Glassify” — what wingnuts dream of doing to Mecca and Medina.
“Diplomacy” — an outmoded and contemptible way for the United States and Israel to deal with the world.
“Hearts & Minds” — some of the many organs in Muslim bodies which ought to be incinerated, especially should the Muslims in question assert any self-determination.
“islamofascist” — term of approbrium used against all Muslims; objectively used: the Muslim equivalent of Western Evangelical wingnuts.
“History” — the record of strong tribes exterminating the weak, which America and Israel would do well to learn from.
“Blame America First Crowd” — term of abuse heaped upon people who demand that America live up to its own principles before it demands such living-up-to from people and governments of other nations.
“Classicist” — ‘historians’ like VDH and Paul Johnson who semi-literately plunder ancient texts looking for the most bloody phrases, ideas and actions which they then demand that America follow the example of.
“Empire” — what wingnuts desire that the United States sustain and enlarge — all the while denying that it exists on the grounds that empires can only be made by the overt annexation of new territories.
“Warrior” — a person who sits at a keyboard surrounded by empty Mountain Dew cans and crumpled Doritos sacks and proselytizes for the joys of fascism and bloodlust.
“United Nations” — A geopolitical body concerned with the inherently immoral notion of world peace, to which such people as John Bolton must be sent to destroy by “reform”. (See also “Antichrist”.)
“George W. Bush” — The Son of Heaven; a Dear Leader in whose magical codpiece wingnuts put their faith.