The Semantics of War / by kevin murray

The War Department of the United States was responsible for our Army as well as for our Navy, until 1798, when the Navy became separated into the newly formed Naval Department.  In 1947 the Air Force of America became formally known as the Department of the Air Force, as well as the Army becoming known as the Department of the Army, in which the Army, Air Force, and Navy, became part of the National Military Establishment, which later became what we call it today, the United States Department of Defense in 1949.  There is a massive difference in the definition and meaning between a War Department and between ourpresent-day Defense Department, that is to say that the Army, Navy, and Air Force can most certainly be utilized for defensive means, but they are always aspects of actual war.  Consequently, the Department of War or the National Military Establishment are properly labeled, whereas the Department of Defense is a poorly worded deceit, especially considering that the United States is the sole military superpower in the world and that it has not declared a Congressional War since WW II, yet in actuality it has been an active agitator in many wars since the conclusion of World War II.


The United States has been recently involved in two protracted wars, although undeclared formally, with Iraq and with Afghanistan that have lasted for a considerable amount of years, with the Iraqi war entitled "Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Afghanistan war entitled "Operating Enduring Freedom".  In neither case are these wars in any way, form, or manner, about actual freedom for the Iraqi or for the Afghanistan people.  Instead, these wars are specifically about locating, attacking, and killing certain peoples that are designated as enemies of the state, whether or not they are actual combatants or enemies to our state.  Therefore the use of the word freedom in this given context is especially galling, because in actuality America is actually trying to create not Free states of free people in these countries, but simply servile people, susceptible to our using their natural resources as our own.


In less than two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on United States soil, the United States combined various Federal Department and agencies into the newly formed and created master department, our Homeland Security.  To some people, just the name Homeland Security sounds creepy, as if somehow just outside our borders we are surrounded by waves and waves of foreign bogeymen that we need to protect ourselves from.  Additionally, the term Homeland sounds like a foreign term, poorly placed and more akin to something that Germany would use back during the rise of Hitler, to which Hitler referred to his country as needing to: "take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."


Then there is the USA PATRIOT Act which was signed into law in 2001, to which this act essentially gives new, powerful, and invasive hi-technology tools to governmental agencies to effect domestic spying on its own citizens, all under the guise that this is needed to protect our country and its citizens from terrorist attacks.  This act is hardly patriotic, in fact arguably it is the "doublespeak" of patriotism which is better defined as having the courage to stand for right when you are in the right, in the defense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, while also having the grace to admit when you are in the wrong and thereby to correct one's actions or to suffer the indignity of making a stand on the soils of shifting sand.