Wednesday, November 12, 2003

via Sgt. Stryker, is this rant from Lt. Smash on a Tom Tommorrow cartoon.

Opinions rage from righteous indignation to blase indifference. I looked at the cartoon and took immediate offense. It was pointed out in the comments on Smash's site that the cartoon wasn't aimed at bloggers who are active duty or vets. It probably wasn't aimed that way, but that's the way it hit because the cartoon discounts that such people exists. It also implies that people (such as the cartoonist himself, though I doubt he meant it this way) have no right to voice an opinion on war. He discounts that some military folk may actually support the removal and destruction of evil dictators, regimes and the enemies of the United States. I don't know why it wouldn't occur to him, probably because such desires are alien to him he can't see such motivation in others.

Now on to the 'derogatory' term chickenhawk. You'll notice I put the word derogatory in scare quotes. The reason for this is that chickenhawk is commonly used, today, as a derogatory term. I don't know if it evolved that way because of its homosexual connotations (a chickenhawk was once commonly used to refer to skinny homosexual men in gay porn) or if it evolved that way because of Foghorn Leghorn's influence. What I do know is that when I was in high school I had only heard it to have three meanings. The first being an actual raptor, the second being Foghorn's nemesis, and the third referring to a Vietnam war era helicopter pilot whose auto-biographical novel was entitled Chickenhawk.

It was a great book, following his enlistment, boot, and flight training and going into his experience in Vietnam. I was offended when the word, that I felt had a pretty noble meaning (because of the book, not because of the problems of a giant chicken) , was hijacked to mean a type of gay porn star. It turns out I'm actually a bit miffed about it being hijacked into a derogatory term for people who support war over appeasement, enslavement, or surrender. After all the opposite of war is not always peace, and history shows that it is actually rarely what we would consider peace today.


Update:Right Wing News weighs in on "Chickenhawk."

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