“You Have Sacrificed Nothing” – How War Rhetoric Remains Relevant

Donald Trump is a busted flush. I am confident that he can not now win the US Presidential election. Which must come as a relief, whatever the shortcomings of his rival, given the nature of his campaign so far, no less the nature of the man.

His doom was sealed when a gentleman called Khizr Khan was invited to speak at the Democratic Convention. His wife standing beside him, Mr Khan spoke of his son, a US Army captain, who was killed during the Gulf War when he told his comrades to stand back while he investigated a suspicious vehicle. The purpose of the speech was to criticise Mr Trump’s comments on “shutting down Muslims” from entering the US (The Khans are Muslim.) However the real victory over Trump was established when Mr Khan instructed him to “go to Arlington Cemetery, where you will find all faiths, genders and ethnicities” (at 4:13 in the Youtube clip.) He then adds:

You have sacrificed nothing – and no one.

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