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Unformatted text preview: s conflict but later admitted that its veto should have been an abstention.
(31) At the time of the vote Mrs. Kirkpatrick said that the United States veto
affirmed the principle that force should not be allowed to triumph.
(32) Throughout Sunday, June 13, the 3rd Commando Brigade maintained
pressure on the enemy from their newly-secured forward positions.
Example (30) shows how conducting politics through diplomatic actions
can be conceived of in terms of FORCE, in (31) the word force is equivalent to ‘war’, while (32) illustrates how the concept of FORCE structures
the discourse on conducting military operations.
This image congruity is explored for rhetorical effect, when politics,
war and diplomacy seem to merge or intermingle, see below:
(33) We shall have once again to try to substitute the weapons of peace
for the weapons of war.
(34) Mr Nicholas Budgen (Wolverhampton, North-West, C):In view of
the great complement Mr Enoch Powell paid to her, has she recently fought an important battle on his behalf in Cabinet? Mrs
Thatcher: I fight battles of war and battles of peace, frequently.
Here the use of the words from the lexical field of war, such as weapons
and battles, with the modifier of peace is clearly an oxymoron, but if we
accept this oxymoronic vision, then the weapons of war and battles of war
cease to be pleonastic. 124 Chapter IV Another set of examples of how these three concepts interpenetrate one
another can be seen in (35) – (38):
(35) The search for peace must never be torpedoed by us.
(36) The words of the citation read “... he carried on as if nothing has
happened…” a commendation which covers equally well his coolness under political fire.
(37) Mr Robert Adley (Christchurch and Lymington, C): Would she accept that most people in the country, and certainly on this side of
the House, expect the Government to behave like a Government and
not as if it is running a debating society, to make decisions and to
come before this House and then defend them, whatever the decisions the Government takes.
(38) to smooth over their differences on the Falklands dispute
Words such as torpedoed, under political fire and defend used in examples (35), (36), and (37) respectively, show how military vocabulary permeates the discourse on politics, even though, as I have said before, in a
country at war such intensification11 of the emotive power of reporting
does not appear to be necessary. It should be also mentioned that categorising the word defend as belonging to the lexical field of war may be disputed, as its meaning may be considered more general (see Chapter Five,
Section 5.4.). However, in the context of press articles on a military conflict, this sense may be the most strongly activated. Sentence (37) illustrates a common juxtaposition of diplomacy and war, in this example diplomatic actions are clearly less valued than military action. The phrase in
(38) is an instance of how a word from the lexical field of dispute has become equivalent to war,12 as if to increase the distance to the emotionally
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