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Regular readers know of my distaste for such obvious slurs as calling your team the Washington Redskins. We’ve screwed over our indigenous neighbours often enough, so why rub salt in those wounds?
If one lands on them. Which is true.
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If they’ll exit their trendy Jeep Cherokees for a minute, let me remind them of a few, such as Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. Both are revered, legendary, powerful and, well, you know, racist.
And I don’t know how the fervently pacifist Mr. Canada’s military, of course, carefully applies political correctness when naming its equipment, though the Cougar armoured vehicle has certain connotations, especially when driven by virile young men. Spock would feel about our 20mm Vulcan cannon.
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Apparently, she is also a loon, no offense to the bird, or at least that was Twitter’s verdict.
Do not mention plans for a self-propelled Crusader howitzer to your Muslim friends. Harpoon missiles surely offend members of Greenpeace.
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That can be heinous, such as Habs fans swiping Ole Ole Ole from European soccer. But usually it seems a compliment.
H-bomb, for instance, has always stuck in my craw, quite naturally, being of Hungarian descent. My Hindu, Hebrew and Hawaiian friends feel the same way.
There’s slur and there’s silly: But just a cotton-pickin’ Minuteman, if you’ll pardon the missile pun.
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Does editor Jeffery see it as “cultural misappropriation,” that buzzphrase of the preachy politically correct, whereby one culture steals from another? But how is Tomahawk missile a slur?
We do use Chinook helicopters, which are named for the west coast Chinook people, not the wind, but we bought them from the Americans.
Rightly, this ticked off Apaches who balked at comparisons of their legendary chief to a cowardly terrorist. Osama bin Laden was codenamed Geronimo by the Navy Seals who killed him. They said they’d have been delighted if the raid itself had been codenamed Operation Geronimo, as opposed to Neptune Spear.
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“Bison dung!” declared a Gulf War vet named Michael Liu, nicely summing up the mockery.
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She is editor-in-chief of the enthusiastically left-wing Mother Jones magazine/web site. “That the missiles are callled (sic) tomahawks (sic) must enrage a lot of Native Americans,” Clara Jeffery tweeted on the weekend.
I bet “cultural misappropriation” was the furthest thing from the minds of those Iraqi baby-killers when the Tomahawks swooped in.
Other tribes similarly besmirched by the U.S. military include Iroquois, Kiowa and Seminole, but there are non-native victims, too.
A top liberal editor frets that Tomahawk cruise missiles might offend native Americans.
Jeffery and other effete elitists must lose sleep over the arsenal of bigoted U.S. Ms. weapons. Ah, yes, those xenophobic Americans.
Soon you won’t be able to say “boo” without taking flak for offending ghosts. But let’s get to those racist Tomahawks.
The U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane must offend somebody. George? Bossy Asian women? Disciples of St.
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But perhaps she has a point. But is it truly a pile of buffalo chips? No doubt Ms. Jeffery was overcome by the effete elite’s blind hatred of Donald Trump, the dude who fired those Tomahawks at a Syrian air base last week.
In this image obtained from the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble conducts an operational tomahawk missile launch while underway in a training area off the coast of California, on September 29, 2010. A US official said 59 precision guided missiles hit Shayrat Airfield in Syria, where Washington believes Tuesday’s deadly attack was launched. US President Donald Trump ordered a massive military strike against a Syria on April 6, 2017, in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack they blame on President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody Paschall)