Tarry for the Nonce

August 3, 2005

Steven Vincent, a Man of Precision

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:48 pm

Words matter:

Words matter. Words convey moral clarity. Without moral clarity, we will not succeed in Iraq. That is why the terms the press uses to cover this conflict are so vital. For example, take the word “guerillas.” As you noted, mainstream media sources like the New York Times often use the terms “insurgents” or “guerillas” to describe the Sunni Triangle gunmen, as if these murderous thugs represented a traditional national liberation movement. But when the Times reports on similar groups of masked reactionary killers operating in Latin American countries, they utilize the phrase “paramilitary death squads.” Same murderers, different designations . . .

Words and ideas matter. Instead of saying that the Coalition “invaded” Iraq and “occupies” it today, we could more precisely claim that the allies liberated the country and are currently reconstructing it. More than cosmetic changes, these definitions reflect the nobility of our effort in Iraq . . .

The most despicable misuse of terminology, however, occurs when Leftists call the Saddamites and foreign jihadists “the resistance” What an example of moral inversion! For the fact is, paramilitary death squads are attacking the Iraqi people. And those who oppose the killers–the Iraqi police and National Guardsmen, members of the Allawi government, people like Nour–they are the “resistance” . . . Anyone who cares about success in our struggle against Islamofascism, or upholds principles of moral clarity and lucid thought–should combat such Orwellian distortions of our language.



  1. principles of moral clarity and lucid thought

    *rolling my moral-relativistic eyes*

    Comment by Troy — August 3, 2005 @ 4:58 pm

  2. Dude, I’m a cautious supporter of military intervention in Iraq but this guy is clearly just trying to polish a turd.

    The Iraq war was started on mixed pretenses using questionable strategy in the hopes of achieving a good that is greater than the mess it would take to get there. Picking nits about what words reporters use is disingenuous.

    Comment by Mark — August 3, 2005 @ 4:58 pm

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