Thursday, June 18, 2009

Paging Mr. Orwell To The Red Courtesy Phone

There ought to be a law against linguistic gymnastics like this:
The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday proposing to triple the US non-military aid to Pakistan to US $1.5 billion per annum, but imposes strict accountability conditions on Islamabad with regard to its fight against terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation.    

The Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement (PEACE) Act 2009 was passed by the House of Representatives by a roll call vote of 234 to 185, following a heated debate on this issue among US lawmakers.

The PEACE Act? You’re kidding, right?


Does anyone remember what the USA Patriot Act is an acronym for? I’ll tell you: “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.“

This is so lame, Democrats. Don’t be pulling the same contrived linguistic bullshit that the Republicans did! Especially when your “PEACE Act” for “non-military aid” looks like this:

The PEACE Act authorises military assistance to help Pakistan disrupt and defeat al Qaeda and insurgent elements, and requires that the vast majority of such assistance be focused on critical counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism efforts. In addition, the bill requires that all military assistance flow through the democratically elected Government of Pakistan.

Don’t call this “PEACE.” This is just another shade of warmongering.