Sunday, October 21, 2007

On the term "Homeland Security"

Another nugget from that veritable blog-goldmine, the Dissident Voice:
Presumably, the term “homeland” was chosen to make us feel safe. But to those with even a glancing knowledge of the past, it’s a sick joke. Its uses the terminology of our two most formidable foes from last century: the Nazis, who called Germany the fatherland, and Russia — the motherland.

Besides, a homeland is a region from whose loins sprung the ethnic group inhabiting it. The US, a melting pot, is the exact opposite. “Is that guy an Arab?” we wonder as we pass someone on the street. “Or a Hispanic?”
The idea of "home" is ethnic groups springing out of loins? If you say so . . .

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