Sunday, 20 January 2008

The Simplifying Collective

He distrusted the simplifying collective. What did it mean, the people?
Wolfgang Koeppen

Another use of the simplifying collective:
America and Britain have invaded Iraq.
Could preferably be rendered:
The twisted souls that run the governments, both in front of and behind the scenes, of America and Britain have ordered the invasion of Iraq, to be carried out by people within the military about whom they couldn't give a shit.

Nobel Peace winner Henry Kissinger distrusted the simplifying collective also, and clarified what he considered to be the true meaning of that implied by the the word 'military':
Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.
Woodward and Bernstein The Final Days in chapter 14 .

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