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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Don't Call It a War. Save That Word for Other, Even Less Appropriate Circumstances
The "war on drugs" is certainly a problematic phrase. "War" serving as shorthand for the "security challenges" in Mexico isn't the biggest barrier to progress, but insofar as it encourages conventional conceptions of combat as the prism for improving public security (i.e. the persistent focus on attacking and especially the references to victory, which is close to inapplicable in this context), it suffers from a lack of logical coherence. So I was interested to see an article promising a criticism of the semantics of public security from UNAM rector José Narro Robles, but then I read this:
"The only wars that are worthwhile are against injustice, ignorance, and sickness."