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So, we’re going to war again. Congress is full of people who claim concern over which countries will have “boots on the ground.” It’s an interesting linguistic trick. I suppose it’s safer to talk about the equipment we send to war than it is the people.

The Goat Rope points out that human civilizations are evolving towards less war, not more. Perhaps the next step, especially as war becomes more mechanized, is for us to use humanizing language in the lead up to war.

Solders. Humans. Whose people will be on the ground? Who, solider or civilian, will bear the consequences of our political discussion? I don’t really care about boots.


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It is a hot button. If we want to debate the merits of war, we should do so with language that attempts to honestly describe the cost.

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