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Metaphors that Justify War
Do you think we had all the information that was at the President's disposal
when he made the decision to deploy our troops in the Gulf?
you think having
that information might have made you feel more comfortable about our involvement?
Should our government decide what we
get to know and what we don't? By in large,
we hear exactly what our government wants us to hear. Knowing this, at no other
time paralleled in history, we want the truth; we thirst for it like those
traveling through the desert without water and
we are tired of being manipulated
and deceived by those we elect to serve our interests.
However, more often than
not, we settle for what is given to us.
Our truth is wrapped by the media and
promoted as gospel without hesitation or moral reservation.
Our acceptance of
and reliance upon the media for sensitive, truthful, information brings a sense of
security and knowledge of world affairs that satisfies our internal push for social
involvement (even if it is at the point of acknowledgment only).
We are happy with
the knowledge because there is no discernible contradictions and seldom question
its relevancy, focus or content.
Then later, a contradictory report erupts in the
media and we begin to question even what we see.
The short footage shown by the
media concerning the beating of Rodney King was out of context.
responsible for the disparity?
They decide what we hear and see.
manipulate to dramatize for the dollar.
Gossip, murder, rape, political espionage,
treason, drug deals, incest, wife battering, muggings, immoral behavior of all
sizes shapes and volumes seem to appeal to human interest and the Networks use it
to build their ratings while claiming they proclaim truth for all (double effect).
These people and their focus gave us the Gulf War everyday, around the clock.
Would it be surprising to know that the media not only reports the news they help
facilitate public approval that could justify a war through the use of metaphors
alone? The use of metaphors in war and everyday life is common and an important
method employed to eventually arrive at a position of approval for military action.
Before the use of metaphors is discussed it is necessary to understand specific
conditions in which any war is justified.
Conditions Necessary to Justify a War
Two specific conditions are necessary to justify war.
First, direct aggression
against the United States, our allies, or those who are unable to protect
themselves against direct aggression.
Second, indirect aggression against the
During both conditions the moral correctness, realistic threat and potential
harm would be assessed to determine an appropriate response.
After a decision has
been made from those premises, war could morally be justified and action should be