I think I'm beginning to understand how the spin meisters' minds work. This headline for a story by Robin Wright of the Washington Post screamed at me in this morning's Spokesman Review - "U.S. Envoy in Baghdad says Iraq violence is not civil war".
He is absolutely correct. There is nothing "civil" about violence or for that matter war. There is nothing "civil" about the scores of Iraqi citizens that are slain on a daily basis. There is nothing "civil" about our young men raping women and killing their families to cover it up. There is nothing "civil" about our soldiers being captured, tortured and brutally murdered. There is nothing "civil" about civilians being made to beg for their lives on camera before being beheaded.There is certainly nothing "civil" about the results of land mines, car bombs and suicide bombers.
And you know what? There is nothing "civil" about a bunch of politicians tweaking words to suit their purposes. Civil War-n : a war between factions in the same country. The Sunnis, the Shiites and the Kurds, all within Iraqi borders, hate one another and fight one another. That isn't "civil" either. We have our own war going on within the confines of Washington D.C.; a war of words among political partisans. I suppose because the only thing exploding is rhetoric it could be considered "civil". Am I catching on here?
We're very quick to attach the label of "war". The War on Terror, The War on Drugs. Maybe the most frightening is the political "war" chest.
Nothing "civil" about any of them.