Words can be used to communicate ideas between people, to describe things we can't point to. Words can also be used to separate and manipulate. This happens in our media all the time. Remember when the prior administration talked about "spreading democracy"?
This was a divisive choice of words - some of us think - hooray! spreading democracy! pass the popcorn! to others, sounds a little like cultural imperialism.
historian and author of the book The Guantanamo Files:
The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.
What progress is being made since Obama has become President?
We discuss recent releases of prisoners, the transfer of some
Chinese Uighurs to Bermuda and the suspicious death of America's
most famous "Ghost Prisoner" in a Libyan prison