by Laurence M. Vance: The
Warmonger’s Fruit of the Spirit
U.S. wars and military interventions look like the majority of Americans.
They also dress like them, eat like them, work like them, play like
them, and talk like them. However, it is sometimes impossible to
communicate with or make sense of them because some things they
say have their own peculiar definition.
To really understand
these defenders of U.S. wars and military interventions, one needs
a warmonger's lexicon. To get started, I propose the following entries:
Just war: any
war the United States engages in.
Good war: any war in which the United States is on the winning side.
Defensive war: any war the United States starts.
the Messiah, but especially when he was fighting against Muslims.
Barack Obama: Satan, but not when he is fighting against Muslims.
anyone who dares to fight against U.S. troops occupying his country.
Militant: see insurgent.
Enemy combatant: see militant.
Freedom fighter: an insurgent, militant, or enemy combatant supported
by the United States when he fights against some other country.
mass destruction: weapons that foreigners can use to attack Americans.
Advanced weapons systems: weapons that Americans can use to attack
that support U.S. foreign policy.
Enemies: countries that don't support U.S. foreign policy.
American who supports U.S. foreign wars.
Traitor: any American who opposes U.S. foreign wars.
Hero: any American
solider who fought in any war against any country for any reason.
Coward: any American who doesn't support U.S. soldiers fighting
in senseless foreign wars.
large defense budgets.
UnAmerican: opposing large defense budgets.
Threat to American
security: see unAmerican, coward, and traitor.
Non-veterans: second-class citizens.
any American who opposes U.S. wars, empire, and/or foreign policy.
who favors U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.
Anti-Semite: someone who opposes U.S. military intervention in the
of the United States.
Draft dodger: see pacifist.
Dead U.S. soldier:
Dead foreign civilian: collateral damage.
of Americans by foreigners.
Enhanced interrogation techniques: torture of foreigners by Americans.
Extraordinary rendition: U.S. supported torture of foreigners by
anything the United States wants to be interested in.
When it comes
to defenders of U.S. wars and military interventions, learn their
language so you won't be intimidated or deceived by them, but don't
waste too much of your time with them. There is nothing more frustrating
than discussing the finer points of something like just war theory
and then finding out thirty minutes later that the warmonger you
thought you were having a meaningful conversation with and in basic
agreement with believes that all the wars the United States has
engaged in are just wars.
M. Vance [send him mail]
writes from central Florida. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State, The
Revolution that Wasn't, and Rethinking
the Good War. His latest book is The
Quatercentenary of the King James Bible. Visit his
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