So what is Rape-Speak, and how does it figure in the Times's reporting? A good example may be found in the World Briefing sidebar, page A14 of the Times's September 4th edition. In fact, it is such a perfect specimen that it ought to be used as an illustration in journalism classes. For those busy bees who parrot what they have learned in sessions conducted by the CFR, it is an example of how to write to satisfy their handlers and keep themselves on the payroll. For those pillars of the foreign policy establishment, it is one more notch in the belt of trying to create history by fiat. But for the astute reader, it is an insult on the mind and spirit, and a gauntlet thrown down at the feet of the Serbian people.
Ever since the end of the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, the United States government has been trying to impress upon the Serbian people that they are evil demons who must repent of their behavior during that bloody episode in their regional history. Somehow, Serbians don't unanimously buy into it. Many remember the bombing of Belgrade directed by then Secretary of State Madeline Albright. The young of their small country would huddle every night in basements as a tirade of explosions filled the night with terror. Death and destruction was rained down on that city for weeks on end. Then-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic eventually capitulated and signed some kind of surrender agreement, lost his post as president, and was hauled off to a war crimes tribunal. He died while still in custody of the tribunal, apparently after being poisoned by his captors. His very public fight at the tribunal had become an embarrassment to the West, which felt compelled to end the show trial by any means necessary.
So now, it would appear that the West, particularly after Russia's recent show of strength in neighboring Georgia, is anxious, or shall we say, desperate, to bring Serbia under its wing.
"A European official told Serbia on Wednesday that it might become a candidate for membership in the European Union next year and could receive trade concessions even sooner."
Oh boy! Wow, break out the ice cream and chocolate bars! But wait! Not so fast! Has Serbia actually sought membership in this so-called Union of thugs that were behind the bombing of Belgrade? One might think our reporter, Mr. Castle, would answer this question for us. But he remains eerily silent on the issue.
The entire article cannot help but remind one of the many descriptions of the heinous crime where the perpetrator emanates glowing confidence in testifying that the victim wanted, and in fact, enjoyed his actions, while his hand was held over the victim's mouth to muffle any cries for help. Rape-Speak has become, or shall we say has been for many decades now, the lingua franca of the foreign policy establishment and of its beloved instrument, the New York Times. The difference is that the so-called victim in this case has proudly and defiantly opposed the rapist's bully body. And there is a rescuer in the ranks. Russia stands by to lend a helping hand, as it seeks to form a new pan-Eurasian union of its own. Let's hope the American public can see through this putrid rhetoric of the Times. But let's also thank Stephen Castle, who, among the minions at the Times, has provided us with one of the finest text-book examples of Rape-Speak.