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Call it what it is

“Robust interrogation” is the another gross misnomer we’re hearing in the news.

Cheney and his legal gang invented the term to avoid calling it what it really is: Torture, abuse and cruel treatment. It also happens to be a violation of the Geneva Convention and a U.S. felony, as defined in The War Crimes Act of 1996.

Similarly, we hear almost daily the use of the words “collateral damage” with regards to Iraq and Afghanistan. This is merely another sanitized offering by our government to avoid stating the uncomfortable truth: the killing of innocent civilians and mass destruction of nonmilitary targets.



Our government rationalizes and distorts to prettify the outcomes. We needn’t do so. Let’s start by calling those in this administration what they really are – “desk murderers” (as quoted from “Nemesis, The Last Days of the American Republic,” by Chalmers Johnson). They don’t have to experience the horror and devastation their actions cause to their victims. Cheney had five deferments and Bush masqueraded as a weekend warrior in the National Guard to avoid serving in Vietnam. Too bad. Maybe participating in war firsthand would have sensitized them to its senselessness and abuses. Then again, maybe not.

Larry Hoffman




Grass Valley


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