The duopoly of false hope and false fear shrouds the subject of terrorism with interlacing taboos. In his latest essay on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Noam Chomsky discusses the taboo against assigning the terrorism label to mass murders and other atrocities perpetrated by Western powers.
Neither conservative or liberal media ever fully air this perspective; instead, they resort to hollow grandstanding, waging rhetorical wars against abstract nouns — “terror” chief among them.
Do not blame liberals for robbing the word of its resonance. Don’t blame neocons either for squandering America’s moral authority. We are all complicit in this lapse of collective moral judgment.