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Jeremiah Cornelius's Journal: Noamal: "Naming our murder weapons after victims..." 4

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It's like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk... It's as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes "Jew" and "Gypsy."

http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2652/noam_chomsky_my_reaction_to_os/

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush's compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.

"We" might not...

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Noamal: "Naming our murder weapons after victims..."

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  • Then I guess the Germans and Japanese were murder victims in WWII as well. I'd say we're naming our defensive weapons after our valiiant former foes.

    If they'd killed Bush, I doubt the outcome would have been any different; Hussein would have still hung.

    Who was the goober who said all that? I'll click the link when I get home.

  • We name some of our biggest and most expensive weapons after famous Americans: The USS Abraham Lincoln, for example. It's done out of respect. I believe the naming of the Apache and Tomahawk were also out of respect. Naming of things after people or groups is not always an insult.

    I think a lot of the way such a naming, or using of someone else's culture is taken has to do with the spirit in which it is used.

    If I play "Gypsy Jazz" it's a respectful use of a term that is not always used respectfully. I d

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