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War of words

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How can Old Crutch possibly write about the euphemisms churned out by military propaganda machines (Postcript, BP, April 21) without mentioning some of the classics produced by the Americans during the Vietnam war. 

My favourites are: winning hearts and minds, or Wham (dropping napalm bombs on suspected Viet Cong villages); pacification (the very root of this word means peace); collateral damage and friendly fire (we just killed our own troops); and Vietnamisation (justification for pulling our troops out of Vietnam).


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