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Justice Coin

The latest in Afghan War kitsch.

If this isn’t cultural decline, I don’t know what is. Check out this infomercial for a newly minted coin commemorating the death of Osama Bin Laden.

On one side it proclaims: “You can run but you cannot hide” etched above a golden image of Seal Team 6 – the kill squad who finally brought the elusive cat down. On the other side it reads: “Justice has been done” next to three iconic engravings of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93.

Before ordering your $19.95 limited-time-only-holiday-offer collectable, make sure to ask the operator if you can get some authentic Pakistani blood on the coin, or a piece of Osama’s cloak to wrap it in. Even better yet, bone fragments from an innocent civilian, preferably a child or housewife, caught in the crossfire.

Why not give these folks a call and jam the telephone line.

Or better yet, purchase a set and send it to your favorite neo-con wrapped in bloody dollar bills.

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Anonymous

You make it sound as though the SEALs are a mass murdering death squad. They are among the highest trained warriors on the planet. They abide by an ethos, RoEs and do their jobs with incredible precision and skill. They are not the Interahamewe slaughtering everyone in a machete's arc. Don't paint all those who kill with the same brush.

Anonymous

You make it sound as though the SEALs are a mass murdering death squad. They are among the highest trained warriors on the planet. They abide by an ethos, RoEs and do their jobs with incredible precision and skill. They are not the Interahamewe slaughtering everyone in a machete's arc. Don't paint all those who kill with the same brush.

Anonymous

You speak as if the SEALs attack on Osama was independent of the war in Afghanistan and the insurgency in Pakistan not a culmination point of the same.

Anonymous

You speak as if the SEALs attack on Osama was independent of the war in Afghanistan and the insurgency in Pakistan not a culmination point of the same.

Anonymous

It's about a coin with a murdered person on it saying "JUSTICE". It isn't complicated propaganda. Propaganda has elements of truth in them so that the True Believers (whoever falls for the propaganda) can denounce anyone who disagrees with the story as "reality deniers". This is the equivalent of what you are doing. Because we don't think Seal Team 6 dispensed "Justice" we are automatically accused of the hideous crime of "[making] it sound as though the SEALs are a mass murdering death squad" and "[painting] all those who kill with the same brush", because we don't believe they are using their "incredible precision and skill" for the good of all mankind when they simply follow orders.

Whenever a President issues an order to kill without trial, people who "abide by an ethos" are not historically the first to volunteer. This is a job, not an ethos. I'm sure people said the same argument for the crimes Stalin carried out using the military - soldier paragons of justice and ethics.

Anonymous

It's about a coin with a murdered person on it saying "JUSTICE". It isn't complicated propaganda. Propaganda has elements of truth in them so that the True Believers (whoever falls for the propaganda) can denounce anyone who disagrees with the story as "reality deniers". This is the equivalent of what you are doing. Because we don't think Seal Team 6 dispensed "Justice" we are automatically accused of the hideous crime of "[making] it sound as though the SEALs are a mass murdering death squad" and "[painting] all those who kill with the same brush", because we don't believe they are using their "incredible precision and skill" for the good of all mankind when they simply follow orders.

Whenever a President issues an order to kill without trial, people who "abide by an ethos" are not historically the first to volunteer. This is a job, not an ethos. I'm sure people said the same argument for the crimes Stalin carried out using the military - soldier paragons of justice and ethics.

Anonymous

So we execute a person without trial and it's portrayed as "justice".

Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs), making the truth less unpleasant, without denying its nature. It may also be deployed as intentional ambiguity, or reversal of meaning (for example, naming a state of war "peace"). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth, producing a communication bypass.

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Anonymous

So we execute a person without trial and it's portrayed as "justice".

Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs), making the truth less unpleasant, without denying its nature. It may also be deployed as intentional ambiguity, or reversal of meaning (for example, naming a state of war "peace"). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth, producing a communication bypass.

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