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This adjective wields a powerful subconscious effect, framing the way we understand the subject matter.
Many have been sucked into the vortex of this beguiling and misleading term. It is used unthinkingly. It is ubiquitous and its true meaning has been lost.
The mainstream corporate media, government, and pro-military researchers, writers and analysts happily echo the "defence" phraseology and thereby assist warfighters and war profiteers in their efforts to spin public perception in the direction of thinking that the war technology of their nation and its allies can only be understood as being for "defense.

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