Sunday, November 23, 2008

In my little minefield

Diagramming party to action stations: The Miami Herald is aiming at Guantanamo, but what does it hit?

But change comes slowly to this 45-square-mile U.S. Navy base bunkered behind a Cuban minefield with small-town amenities and the population to match.

If we're going to worry about grammar, we might want to spend a little less time on how to hyphenate "war-on-terror detainees" (if they're "prisoners from the Afghanistan war," just say so) and a little more on how nouns and prepositional phrases hook up.

[On a wider point: the idea that slipping the prisoners a few Game Boys and teaching them English is a "dose of culture" that will "help men captured across the globe think for themselves" is the sort of blithe don't-get-it-ness that journalism could do with a lot less of. Every now and then, when people who don't like you "think for themselves," they come to the same conclusion they did before.]

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Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

"Every now and then, when people who don't like you 'think for themselves,' they come to the same conclusion they did before."

Just like sometimes, when you free them up to have an election of their very own, they elect the "wrong" people.

5:36 PM, November 23, 2008  

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