Threecrow: Word play
“The images are certainly not pleasant. I can only voice regret at all the fatalities,” Trade and Industry Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Israel’s Army Radio.
“Words. Words, words, words.” Hamlet
How does one begin to parse this “officialsleeze” statement coming as it does from, curiously, Israel’s Minister of Trade and Industry?
“Images?” Theses are not images, these are dead people, killed dead by an act of high-tech piracy taking place in international waters.
The pirates? Israeli Commandos, the equivalent of our vaunted Navy Seals. They propelled down from silent aircraft and landed on deck their guns blazing. The crew members, awakened by the invading pirates, began to fight for their lives with the weapons available to them, sticks. Sticks and knives. The body count of the crew was considerable. The pirates did not go unscathed, a number of them received bumps from the deadly sticks that were used against them. “I can only voice regret at all the fatalities.” Take a look at that sentence. Why can he only voice regret? The reason is clear.
In the word play of diplomacy and real-politics one needs to avoid, and this entirely, speaking in a manner that even hints at the admission of guilt.
This tepid use of language of “unpleasant images” and “regret…at…fatalities” was as close to the truth as one can display without admitting guilt.
What is worse, as this unlawful action recedes in the news-cycle take a good look at the statements coming from the leaders of the western world, including our president, during the next few days. They too will give tepid lip service to scolding or lecturing Israel but in the end the pirates will go back to whatever pirates do in their off time while the cries and tears and ripping of garments of the Palestinian people will continue and the western world will remain unmoved. For every nation east of the Balkans and south of Spain, however, it is another matter. They will be moved, moved to greater anger, to growing hatred and towards an ever louder demand for justice…By any means necessary.