Think about this: domestically, we have a wars on drugs and poverty, but when its overseas we call our invasion and occupation of Iraq peacekeeping.
This point is made by Randall Holcombe in his piece “Orwellian Language: Peace Abroad, War At Home”.
By misusing language in this way, words lose precision in their meanings. When bombing people is peace and providing food to poor people is war, those words that are misused for their emotional connotations no longer refer to clear concepts. In both cases, the Orwellian language does serve a clear purpose. It builds support for the state …
You know what? This makes me feel there is something f***ed up about this country.
Via Café Hayek.