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    yangforward Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    The use of one word instead of another is all it takes
    to fool the public.

    Instead of saying we are going to country X to kill people
    then few Americans or other other members of the Anglosphere
    would do it,

    we say we are going to country X to 'help' people, and they
    are all on board.
     
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    By 'we' don't you mean Russia?
     
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    yangforward Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    The difference between 'help' and 'kill' too fine a distinction to
    matter to politicians or most of the public.

    Our 'police action' in Vietnam consisted mostly of B-52 bombers
    carrying huge bomb loads. In all more bombs were dropped on
    Vietnam than in both theaters in the whole of WW2.

    That fits broadly under the category of 'help' as used in the USA.

    I don't think if another country 'helped' us by bombing us that we
    would still call it 'help'.

    We got the war in Ukraine into it's current stage by sending over
    big shipments of 'help'.
     
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    yangforward Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    If you just look at a map of the Russian defensive line it is obvious
    Russian forces are defending the city of Donetsk, and not as the
    Biden Administration claimed attacking the people of Ukraine.

    But little word changes help with that because we can call
    our aggression 'initiative' and their defense 'cowardice'.
     
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    Our intelligence service supplies 'disinformation'.

    That sounds a whole lot more professional and deserving a big
    budget to hire top talent, than just plain old 'lying'.
     

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