The Word ‘Assassination’ Seems So Yesterday

Fortunately, the Turks foiled this attempt, but it does raise a question that I’ll get to after this:

Turkish security services have arrested a man of Syrian descent who was planning to assassinate US President Barack Obama during his current trip to Turkey, the Saudi daily Al Watan reported Monday.

Not to sound flippant about a serious issue like this, but I think terrorism is also a serious situation — and since the Obama administration has already decided to replace the word “terrorism” with the blame-spreading “man-caused disasters,” and to scrap the phrase “Global War on Terror” in favor of “Overseas Contingency Operation,” shouldn’t the word “assassination” be relegated to the ash heap of non-progressive history as well? It’s so yesterday.

The Obama administration and the media should stop calling it “assassination” and start calling it something like “Unmediated Dispute Settlement.” The term “Projectile Initiated Leadership Transference” would also be acceptable.

And I certainly don’t think we should be using words like “attempt” after “assassination.” The word “attempt” might harm the self-esteem of a would-be assassin because it focuses on the failure to assassinate instead of recognizing the positives, such as motivation for change and certain organizational skills.

Additionally, “assassination” unfairly implies guilt on the part of an alleged assassin, often prior to due process while still in police custody, which could lead to an unfair trial. So, using these new rules, an “attempted assassin” should be referred to as “Detainee with Ostensible Ineffectual Alternate Voting Technique.”

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