“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
With respect to the Bard he didn’t have to deal with French Postmodernists, neo Marxists and Communication and Cultural Studies professionals working hard to win the battle with the first word. There are plenty of people who do it.
I’ll give you an an example from another political arena but before I do so I want to include a disclaimer. Five Minutes for Israel accepts as good, Israel advocates those who think we are going all drown under the sea if we don’t stop flying home for vacation; those who think spending even one red green cent on CO2 reduction will lead to financial and social doom and all in between.
However, it does think that by the Green Lobby labelling anyone who doubts the IPCC/ Al Gore dogma as a Climate Change Denier puts any sceptic on the back foot from the word go. It combines exaggeration because no one denies the climate changes over time and guilt by association because the only other common use of the word ‘denier’ is in Holocaust Denial.
So where’s the connection with Israel Advocacy?
What do we call our Internet enemies? We don’t need to fair, academic and neutral. Rather we want to unbalance them before they open their mouths as they do us. Yes, I mean you neocon, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Zionist Lobbyists.
The problem came came about when I was writing to the editor of a non so small Irish daily. I didn’t want to call them Pro-Palestinian because frankly I think the thing that would most improve their conditions would be to be free of Hamas and Fatah. Speaking, for myself, I don’t see myself or generations of Zionists as anti-Palestinian. Even less, did I want to call them Peace Activists because they mostly condone every attempt to reduce the Carbon footprint of Jews, Israelis and unfortunate plane passengers by the most violent of means.
A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose but we should be concentrating on the thorns. In the end I called them the Destroy Israel lobby and I intend to keep using that term.
What do you think?