WASHINGTON, April 10, 2015 – In 1933, the architect Alfred Mosher Butts named his new board game Lexico (Scrabble), a variation of the Greek word lexicon—defined as “a book containing an alphabetical arrangement of the words in a language and their definitions.”
So says the book containing the aforementioned definition, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
The precise meaning of words, however, can change radically in the hands of utopian dissemblers. A case in point: the war of jumbled words now raging between America and Iran’s supreme leaders.
American supreme leader Barack Obama:
“Iran will face strict limitations on its [nuclear] program, and Iran has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history.”
Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei:
“They (the U.S. and her allies) shouldn’t be allowed at all to penetrate into the country’s security and defensive boundaries under the pretext of supervision, and the country’s military officials are not permitted at all to allow the foreigners to cross these boundaries or stop the country’s defensive development under the pretext of supervision and inspection.”
Supreme leader Obama’s Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:
“Like any agreement, it can’t be based on trust. It has to be based on verification.”
Supreme leader Khamenie’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan:
“Principally speaking, visit [by inspectors] to [Iran’s] military centers is among our red lines and no such visit will be accepted… the report by foreign media outlets… [are] untruthful.”
Supreme leader Obama’s Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew:
“We will continue to use all of our available tools, including sanctions, to counter Iran’s support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and destabilizing regional activities.”
Supreme leader Khamenie’s President Hassan Rouhani:
“We will not sign any agreement, unless all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the first day of the implementation of the deal.”
Supreme leader Obama got hoisted on his own petard that he and he alone is empowered to twist language to mean whatever satisfies his will to power. The truth is malleable (“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period”).
“A spirit of license makes a man refuse to commit himself to any standards,” wrote Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in his book On Being Human. “And [if] there is no standard of right and wrong outside of the individual himself, then the individual is defenseless against the onslaught of cruder and more violent men who proclaim their own subjective sense of values. Once my idea of morality is just as good as your idea of morality, then the morality that is going to prevail is the morality that is stronger.”
Supreme leader Barack Obama met his match in the form of Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenie, who is better at twisting language to serve the ambitions of his regime’s will to power.