2 weeks ago
13 November 2005
Why is it that media reports always refer to the death of human beings who happen to be soldiers as troops? They say "three troops were killed today," for example. Why not say three more human beings were killed? Using the word troops seems euphemistic to me. Why make the choice to say troops instead of people, or soldiers? It seems to me that using this term blurs the violence of war and minimizes the truth that people are killed every day in Iraq. It's a form of doublespeak. We have always been at war with eastasia--we have always been at war with eurasia. Operation Enduring Freedom? What the fuck? Operation continuing profit, more like it.