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On the other hand, the term “defense” is part of a larger metaphorical weapons system, a verbal tool used in a battle to win and conquer our hearts and minds.
The war planners know that the biggest threat to their ability to wage offensive wars is not the enemies who fight them in the field of battle.
Their biggest threat is an informed public that will not fork over the money and cannon fodder they need to wage their wars.
So the linguistic or symbolic shield is something that the warrior puts forward in front on them to protect them and to hide behind and to cover the reality of what they are doing and who they really are.

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