March 19, 2003

Shock and Awe
blitz·krieg ( P ) Pronunciation Key (bltskrg)
A swift, sudden military offensive, usually by combined air and mobile land forces.

[German : Blitz, lightning (from Middle High German blitze, from bliczen, to flash, from Old High German blekkazzen. See bhel-1 in Indo-European Roots) + Krieg, war (from Middle High German kriec, from Old High German krg, stubbornness. See gwer-1 in Indo-European Roots).]

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

This essay from Common Dreams, which draws some unnerving parallels between pre-Nazi Germany and modern America may seem exploitative on the surface. But the point is clear: wars of agression are always cloaked in the veil of imminent national security.

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