Euphemisms, acronyms and outright lies: The language of war

For decades, politicians referred to the Korean War as the ‘Korean Conflict,’ as if the soldiers who fought and died on the battlefields of the disputed peninsula were somehow less soldierly or less dead if killed by conflict rather than war. Some 2.5 million people died in the Koreas between 1950 and 1953, including...
  • So the big news from Afghanistan is that the Taliban has a new leader. Hibatullah Akhundzada is his name, and he’s from Panjwaii District in Kandahar Province, a place very familiar to any Canadians who served in southern Afghanistan during our mission there. He’s been...
  • In the aftermath of the First World War and its horrific trench warfare, the German military developed a new doctrine of smashing enemy defensive lines with columns of armour and then racing into their rear areas to create chaos. In the beginning at least, this...
  • As all eyes turn toward the 2017 Invictus Games, which will be held in Toronto with The Royal Canadian Legion as one of the sponsors, the results and stories from the 2016 games are pouring in. Game of Thrones star Charles Dance, who played Tywin...
  •   It was the only time North American soil was occupied by the enemy during the Second World War, and something had to be done. The place in question is Kiska, a desolate, eight-kilometre-wide piece of rock that sits on the border between the North...
  • It’s easy to think ISIS might possibly know what they’re doing; I mean, it’s not like they don’t have significant battlefield victories to their credit. However, and on the other hand, it’s clear that the majority of ISIS fighters are recruits given rudimentary military training...
  • In Afghanistan, a region of the world no-one really likes to talk about anymore, the Taliban has kicked off its traditional spring offensive with a huge attack in Kabul that killed more than 60 people. The blast and subsequent attack took place at an Afghan...
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