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Commentary :: Education : Environment
The Semantics Of Violence
07 Dec 2013
When promoting war or slaughter of other kinds,
propagandists like to fog up the reality
Bulldoze rainforests
Slaughter a lamb
Swat a fly
Targets terminate

Thin a herd
Hunt a bear
Harvest a deer
Wasp nests exterminate

Pacify a village
Drone 'terrorist' camps
Weed a garden
Mice eliminate.

Fell a tree
"Cropdust" a field
mow a lawn
"Invasive species" eradicate.

Execute a prisoner
Control burn a meadow
Scotch a dandelion.. and foreign
leaders serially assassinate.

Club a seal
Butcher a pig
Boil living lobsters.
Cockroaches decimate.

Harpoon a whale
A butterfly impale
Vivisect a rat
A fish asphyxiate.

Stone an adulterer
Puppies drown
Cows knife
Gay men decapitate.

Electroshock an inmate.
Rendition an 'enemy'
A population liquidate.
By vaccination obliterate.

Zap a dragonfly
Nuke Japan
Snuff the kittens and polycidally
bomb Afghanistan

Masking words for breaking
commandments not to kill..
Blowing semantic fogs...
the war propagandist's skill.

-saiom shriver-

We all know the atrocities of Hitler. Fewer know that Churchill deliberately starved the Indian population of Bengal during WW2.

Jesse Ventura: Thou Shalt Not Kill is not asterisked with exceptions.

The US Dept of Agriculture and Dept of Interior often set 'control burns' which when the wind turns direction kill even more humans animals and plnats than intended.

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