Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Man-Caused?

Man-Caused. That's our new official term for terrorism according to Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano. She described to Der Speigel her recent avoidance of the T word during a presentation to Congress as "nuance" in an on-going effort to avoid the 'politics of fear' (George Bush).

But wait, isn't 'man-caused' a little sexist? Shouldn't it be 'person-caused' or 'societal-caused? How about a compromise--'Bush-caused'. That would surely send some tingles.

And take a look at this, from the interview:
Napolitano: In some ways, the problem in Europe is greater than in the United States. But the questions are the same. How do you identify a youth who is susceptible to becoming radicalized? How do you work with that youth, his family and community to give them alternatives to radicalization?

SPIEGEL: Would you characterize such social measures as a task of your agency?

Napolitano: Yes. In fact, we have group within my agency, the civil liberties group, and they have a focus right now on that issue.
Evidently there's now a social outreach group embedded within DHS to help look after terrorists man-causers(?) rights? It might be good but it sounds so bad.

Whew. So, recapping here, since Obama was inaugurated America has closed Gitmo without any place to put the 9/11 attackers (only to have the 9/11 attackers crow even more about their feat); restricted the use of the term "enemy combatant" in reference to terrorists evil-doers man-causers (even though the term enemy combatant is in the Geneva Conventions); and now this. Apparently the real cause of 9/11 and all the hostility WAS coming from America all along--it was our vernacular! If only Bush had known he could have waged a war on harsh words.

Both Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were quoted as saying they operated under the premise that America was a paper tiger. But can we even call ourselves that anymore? Paper is now seen as harmful and tiger is waaayy too aggressive and mean-spirited. How about "flimsy kittens"? That'll really disarm them.

3 comments:

Darth Rob said...

Thats crazy, I call em like I see em. Call it what it really is, acts of terrorism.

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Mustang said...

Napolitano doesn't confuse me, simply because I realize that she is a first class moron. I don't know this for a fact, but understand from a reasonably well-placed source that Napolitano intends to send the Gitmo group to Phoenix, a sanctuary city.

Nevertheless, I did get lost when you referred to "9/11 attackers." Did you rather mean "9/11 man-causers?" And would it make any difference to them if they went to Phoenix, as opposed to say ... San Francisco?

Finally, is "flimsey kitten" a politically correct term for a much more common word among construction crews?

I do urge you to send your observations to the government, as I am certain you are aware how much they look forward to receiving our input on important issues.

Semper Fi

A.C. McCloud said...

I don't know this for a fact, but understand from a reasonably well-placed source that Napolitano intends to send the Gitmo group to Phoenix, a sanctuary city.

I wouldn't have a problem with it if she handed them over to Sheriff Joe.