How our leaders speak of death and tragedy
“It’s a big loss” for the SEALs, one of the officials said. “The numbers are high.”There they go again. Every time there is a terrorist attempt or terrorist attack, every time a service member dies in combat, our leaders automatically and without fail speak of it as a “reminder” of something. “This is a reminder that the terrorist problem is still with us.” “This is a reminder that we still have much to do in Afghanistan.” It is a phrase permanently locked into our leaders’ brains and tongues. That they speak this way is itself a reminder of the abstracted, unreal, dehumanized mindset of the modern elite. In reality, the death of those men in Afganistan today was not a reminder of extraordinary sacrifices, it was itself the sacrifice. The “reminder” phrase weirdly distances us from the actual deaths of those men and turns the deaths into a mere mental note in our heads.
How would you like to have died in combat for your country, or to have been killed by a terrorist bomb, and on your tombstone it said:
Michael S. writes:
Hey, at least his death wasn’t a “wake-up call.”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 06, 2011 10:49 PM | Send