Re: Medical professionalism and abuse of detainees in the war on terror
War has become a popular but unfortunate metaphor and euphemism for society's failures. The "wars" on drugs, illiteracy, and poverty have all been lost, and the war on terrorism seems endless. Since war connotes conflict, violence, and death, we should dispense with this malevolent metaphor, and instead find beneficent metaphors that are more conducive to peace and health. Words have power and meaning, and they should be chosen carefully.
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