The way we use and abuse language speaks to who we are at our cores.
I'm put in mind of this as I read and re-read, tonight, a half dozen or more posts across a variety of writers' venues using the term blowback to describe, as a kind of karma, the bombing(s) at Boston.
. The term's being lobbed about by writers who have no evidence whatever but are nonetheless very much hoping the killers represent nations and/or organizations/movements with whom they have political sympathy, people who have, in their eyes, Justice on their side as they strike (civilians) here.
. The term's a political cliche that takes no thought or analysis or courage to hurl. It is, in fact, a giving-up on analysis on the part of a writer.
. Using it and terms like it make it simpler for left and right extremists to feel less sickened by mangled, dead, eight-year-old bodies who were two mornings back loved by families. They remain both loved by families and dead, while the less-than-they-ought-to-be sickened writers feel righteous about bloody political struggles with which they have no personal connection or risk whatever.
. It and terms like it are used by those who try to mitigate the deaths of innocents by implying that there are no innocents, including children, if their nation has committed bad acts. It's childish analysis, in fact a 'special-pleading' kind of analysis, illegitimate (as all 'special pleading' is) precisely because every government, very or just mildly globally powerful, commits very bad acts. And none of them can remotely justify or bring Justice to blown up eight-year-olds or to their families.
Again, I say this about both left and right extremists and how they abuse language and so assuage their long-dysfunctional consciences, buffer their lost ethics from the distant and never-close-at-hand horror they not-so-secretely applaud.
They are cowards.
Hell; even Malcom X understood at long last that his "chickens come home to roost" explanation of violence was inadequate and ultimately not worthy of himself and his Justice-Ideals.
It should not be worthy of yours.