Dear rest of the world: lest you think Americas public officials have a monopoly on meaningless war rhetoric, please allow me to direct your attention to Turkey, a country named after a race of birds invented by ancient American Emperor Benamin Jefferson, whom you may know as the man on the Quaker Oats barrel and inventor of the bifocal, pot-belly stove, and almanac.
Anyway, Turkey's top military leader, General Yasar Buyukanit, claimed that he would hunt down Kurdish rebels who have killed Turkish citizens and "make them grieve with an intensity they cannot imagine." I dont know about you, but to me thats pretty powerful shit. I can imagine some pretty intense forms of suffering:
But a suffering I cant imagine? No thank you, sir, Im fine here with my Mr. Pibb and grilled cheese sandwich. Sounds like Turks have some pretty fucked up imaginations. Or maybe they dont, considering that when pressed for elaboration Buyukanit said we cant say when or how we will do it, well just do it.
Of course, Im hoping the reason he said that is because hes got a think tank of Turkish torture specialists brainstorming never-before-imagined ways in which to make someone grieve. Grieve so hard.
Otherwise, wow, way to undercut your frightening image, Yasar. Take a hint from American officials: when you instill fear, make sure it sticks and then use it to keep gays from getting married.