Monday, December 11, 2006

Brits End "War On Terror"

'It's about time,' said Garry Hindle, terrorism expert at the Royal United Services Institute in London. 'Military terminology is completely counter-productive, merely contributing to isolating communities. This is a very positive move.'
It's a second-best choice, we know. But calling for a passionate, nonviolent, political movement against terrorism based on idealistic altruism--an Antiterrorist Crusade--would be no PR improvement at all.

A Foreign Office spokesman said the government wanted to 'avoid reinforcing and giving succour to the terrorists' narrative by using language that, taken out of context, could be counter-productive'. The same message has been sent to British diplomats and official spokespeople around the world.
Outstanding. Here's some other terms to avoid as they could be taken out of context counter-productively:

God Save The Queen. Alienates everybody who doesn't share your God, your Queen, or your opinion that God and Queen are working on the same side.

I love the Lakes District. A bit suggestive.

Yes. Could be taken to mean No.

Oh wait-- there isn't any language that would remain productive when taken out of context!

'We tend to emphasise upholding shared values as a means to counter terrorists,' he added.
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Apart from general agreement the Duchess of York should wear a burqa...what is there?

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