Dangerous Distortions: Our leaders do us a disservice when they conflate terrorism with tragedy.

With each terrorist attack—from Fort Hood, to Brussels, to Paris, to San Bernardino, to Orlando—the Obama administration and the press provoke moral confusion by calling it a “tragedy.” Tragedy in the classical sense means that mysterious, divine forces stronger than we are ultimately determine our fate. That is to say, tragedy means unavoidable fate, like that which befell Oedipus. One can’t fight fate. To act against it is foolishness. But a calamity traceable to preventable human actions is not tragedy.

By calling terrorist attacks tragedies, Obama implies that citizens should accept terrorism as though it were compelled by the universe.

  • Brett_McS

    Related is this excellent article at Global Guerrillas. Terrorism becomes like a tax.


  • Tragic? Perhaps.

    But tragedy connotes that it was something that merely happened like losing control of one’s car or a natural disaster.

    Planned events are not random.

    • Exile1981

      Since those events were encouraged by politicians who knew the consiquences of bringing muslims can we call them acts of treason by politicians?

  • favill

    “Obama implies that citizens should accept terrorism as though it were compelled by the universe”–The Muslims have a saying “inshallah” (if allah wills)….Obama’s mentality is that of a Muslim.

  • Martin B

    When one scumbag thug in Ferguson Missouri got the justice he so richly deserved, Obama couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks on end. He still hasn’t shut up.

    When dozens of Americans are slaughtered by his fellow Mohammedans, he calls it a tragedy and goes golfing.

  • Alain

    Calling an acti of war a tragedy is newspeak I suppose.

    • Minicapt

      Change that slightly to:
      A terrorist attack is an act of war; the Obama Administration is a tragedy.