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The Language Killers Understand

“The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”

Ethics of war pop quiz: Is the quote above A) by Barack Obama, B) about Barack Obama, or C) both by and about Barack Obama?

For bonus points, answer your choice of the following essay questions:

1) If killers don’t understand any language but the language of force, why did Barack Obama say, in a recent speech, “There is no military solution to the problem of misguided individuals seeking to join terrorist organizations”?

2) If killers don’t understand any language but the language of force, why did Barack Obama recently warn Islamic State fighters, “Those who have joined ISIL should leave the battlefield while they can”? Did President have a diplomatic core translate this threat into the language of force, so that Islamic State fighters could understand what he was saying?

3) What kinds of killers only understand the language of force, and what kinds of killers also understand other languages? How can we tell the difference?

Please submit a copy of your answers to The National Office of Yeehaw Is Our Foreign Policy Again, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.

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