In This Nuclear War of Words, We've Surrendered to Hypocrisy
Keleny, Guy, The Independent (London, England)
ERRORS & OMISSIONS
Here is a story you will never read in this or any other newspaper: "President Obama has issued a stern warning to Iran to abandon its ambition to acquire a nuclear deterrent."
It is an iron law of journalese usage that every nuclear power in the world has a nuclear weapon - except one. Britain alone occupies a higher moral plane, and deploys not a weapon but a deterrent. Nuclear weapons are very horrible, but nobody, surely, ever died a ghastly death as a result of being hit by anything so innocuous, so reassuringly dull, as a deterrent. It must be all right for us to have one of those.
You can see why admirals, politicians and …
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Publication information: Article title: In This Nuclear War of Words, We've Surrendered to Hypocrisy. Contributors: Keleny, Guy - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: September 29, 2012. Page number: 44. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.