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The Semantics Of Violence

When propagandists shill for war or other violence, they obscure the reality with euphemisms
THE FOG OF SEMANTICS

Bulldoze ranforests
Slaughter a lamb
Swat a fly
Targets terminate

Thin a herd
Hunt a bear
Harvest a deer
Wasp nests exterminate

Pacify a village
Drone 'terrorist' camps
Weed a garden
Mice eliminate.

Mow a lawn
"Cropdust" a field
Fell a tree
"Invasive species" eradicate.

Execute a prisoner
"Control burn" a meadow
Scotch a dandelion
Foreign leaders serially assassinate.

Club a seal
Butcher a pig
Boil a living lobster.
Cockroaches decimate.

Harpoon a whale
A butterfly impale
Vivisect a rat
A fish asphyxiate.

Stone an adulterer
Puppies drown
Cows down
Gay men decapitate.

Starve a population
Strangle a goose
Dartgun a manta ray
Ants annihilate

Electroshock an inmate.
Rendition an 'enemy'
Zap a dragonfly
By vaccination obliterate.

Nuke Japan
Snuff the kittens and polycidally
Bomb Afghanistan
A population liquidate.

Masking words for breaking
commandments not to kill..
Blowing semantic fogs...
the war propagandist's skill.

-saiom shriver-

Footnote:

We all know the atrocities of Hitler. Fewer know that Churchill deliberately starved the Indian population
of Bengal during WW2.

Jesse Ventura: Thou Shalt Not Kill is not asterisked with exceptions.

The US Dept of Agriculture and Dept of Interior often set 'control burns' which when the wind turns direction kill even more humans animals and plnats than intended.

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