Thursday, August 03, 2006

This is a cloaked admission

by Donald Rumsfeld that the Iraqis are in a state of civil war. It is cloaked by an equivocation. Equivocation is a common flaw in the logic of neocons, only eclipsed in popularity by the straw man and the appeal to ridicule.


RUMSFELD: Does that constitute a civil war? I guess you can decide for your yourself. And we can all go to the dictionary and decide what you want to call something.

But it seems to me that it is not a classic civil war at this stage.

RUMSFELD: It certainly isn't like our Civil War. It isn't like the civil war in a number of other countries.

Let's look up civil war and then take into account the inability of people in the region to separate tribal, religious, and political affiliation.


civil war

noun a war between citizens of the same country.

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