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Military Attack Helicopters with Indian Names Outrage PC-Obsessed WaPo

Written By : Katie McGuire
June 28, 2014

America. Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. Land of Free Speech – That is, as long as you don’t ‘offend’ anyone.

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The US Military has a long standing tradition of naming its most strong aircraft after Indians – Apache, Blackhawk, etc. These are noble and strong tribes. It is a symbol that we, as Americans, defeated such a noble and strong tribe, and we carry it as both a symbol of tribute and our strength to win. More from the article here:

In the United States today, the names Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa apply not only to Indian tribes but also to military helicopters. Add in the Black Hawk, named for a leader of the Sauk tribe. Then there is the Tomahawk, a low-altitude missile, and a drone named for an Indian chief, Gray Eagle. Operation Geronimo was the end of Osama bin Laden.

Why do we name our battles and weapons after people we have vanquished? For the same reason the Washington team is the Redskins and my hometown Red Sox go to Cleveland to play the Indians and to Atlanta to play the Braves: because the myth of the worthy native adversary is more palatable than the reality — the conquered tribes of this land were not rivals but victims, cheated and impossibly outgunned.

The destruction of the Indians was asymmetric war, compounded by deviousness in the name of imperialist manifest destiny. White America shot, imprisoned, lied, swindled, preached, bought, built and voted its way to domination. Identifying our powerful weapons and victorious campaigns with those we subjugated serves to lighten the burden of our guilt. It confuses violation with a fair fight.

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Since when does everything have to be so PC? Why does everyone get to whine about everything, as if saying “That offends me” gives you some certain unalienable right? You aren’t special, you just figured out a grown up way to whine like a two year old. And guess what? That ‘offends me’.

 

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