Monday, September 04, 2006

What's In A (Hyphenated) Word?

[Posted by reader_iam]

Scary conflations of philosophy and unholy alliances of meaning.
The New York Times is reporting that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan now plans to appoint a secret UN representative to mediate talks over prisoner release between Israel and — no, I’m not kidding — a party Annan is reportedly referring to as “Lebanon-Hezbollah.”
And why is Annan, while tasked by the Security Council to help shore up Lebanese sovereignty, instead undermining it by talking about “Lebanon-Hezbollah” - ? What’s next? Should we expect placards at this month’s 61st opening of the UN General Assembly to reflect, nouveau Kofi-style, not simply the 192 member states, but their assorted terrorist infestations? Philippines-Abu Sayyaf? Pakistan-Al Qaeda?

I thought about just updating my previous post from earlier today, "[A]ll holes and no carpet", but no:

This concept deserves a stage all its own.