Euphemisms are dangerous

Originally posted on The Feministahood:
Ruthless people love euphemisms because they obscure the truth. So the inevitable and predictable deaths of civilians and the destruction of civil amenities in war are hidden behind the innocuous term “collateral damage” and genocide is hidden behind the bland “ethnic cleansing” and so on. Euphemisms are dangerous because they…

Dead Syrian Children and Drones on the Wing

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Drawing Mohammed? ~ Anthony Cartalucci

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