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...
  • The U.S.’s secret Afghanistan casualty

    April 21, 2016 by Adam Day
    It was one of the longest-held secrets of the Afghan war–what exactly was Nathan Ross Chapman doing in Eastern Afghanistan in early 2002 when he became the very first American soldier to die by enemy fire in the war? Well, after 13 years the CIA...
  • Journalists go behind ISIL lines

    April 14, 2016 by Adam Day
    File this under the department of things that happened once and will likely never happen again. A father-and-son team of German journalists managed to convince the Islamic State (or ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever you prefer) to take them on a tour of their capital...
  • In the early days of Canada’s war in Afghanistan, just as we were transitioning from Kabul to the badlands around Kandahar City, then-Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier made a point of rather prominently spelling out for Canadians that the new mission was, in...
  • What the Russians left behind in Syria

    March 31, 2016 by Adam Day
    Now that Vladimir Putin has officially ended the Russian bombing campaign in Syria—where the main targets of his bombs were Syrian rebels, not ISIS—it has come to light that some of their normally secretive special operations forces have been committed to battle against the Islamic...
  • There’s no shortage of pundits willing to explain what’s happening in the world right now – the Middle East in flames, refugees inundating Europe, and a steady stream of terrorist atrocities across the world. The latest of these attacks killed dozens across two separate sites...
  • A year of heavy bombing

    March 17, 2016 by Adam Day
    Of the many ways to look at the global conflict situation in the past year or two, perhaps one of the starkest comes from an analysis of where the United States and its coalition partners (including Canada) have used airpower, and how often. According to...
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