"Terms of engagement"( Toronto Sun, July 27, 2003)
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2003 22:25:45 +0200
I'd like to congratulate Mr. Eric Margolis for his important, albeit disturbing piece, on the use and abuse of words by the American media and the American political establishment (TS, July 27, 2003).
It is a deadly mistake to assume that liberal democracies are exempt of the totalitarian "meta-language, " and that only fascism and communism are prone to semantic acrobatics in order to fool the masses.
Having lived long time in the communist East and in the capitalist West, and being fluent in several languages, I discovered early that the totalitarian vocabulary- (the French call it more aptly la "langue de bois") - is omnipresent even in the so-called liberal democracies - albeit under a different veneer.
One of the reasons liberal democracies can wage their foreign wars with impunity is due to their ability to cover them up with romantic, sentimental, and heart- disarming words such as "human rights" "tolerance" "freedom," "war against terror ," etc..
Clearly, the West does not have to resort to Gulags and prison camps to punish its critical individuals or dissidents. Suffices to install the "dictatorship of well being," with its cortege of free drugs, permissiveness, and kangaroo courts in order to ensure its destructive longevity.
Had Stalin been a bit smarter, he would have planted in his native Georgia huge marihuana fields. Nobody would know today abut planetary communist killing fields. He and his red acolytes would be viewed by the Canadian youth and described in Western history manuals as "cool" guys.
Tomislav (Tom) Sunic, Ph.D
Dr. Tomislav (Tom) Sunic
Brace Korenika 4, Hrasce, 10020 Novi Zagreb, Croatia,