Today we learned that the president “condemned” those responsible for at least six Israeli citizens killed in a bomb attack on tour a bus. Last week the president “condemned” several countries for UN votes in opposition to American political policy requests. A week earlier….Well, you get the idea. Worldwide big-wigs step up to the microphone almost every day to “condemn” something or someone somewhere in the world and I really think you should know just how important that action is.
To “condemn”, according to Dictionary dot com:
a verb (used with object)
1. to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure.
2. to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment: to condemn a murderer to life imprisonment.
3. to give grounds or reason for convicting or censuring: His acts condemn him.
4. to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service: to condemn an old building.
5. U.S. Law . to acquire ownership of for a public purpose, under the right of eminent domain: The city condemned the property.
I strongly suspect the definition that applies in all such declarations is #1 – the expression of unfavorable or adverse judgment against some person or action, or both!
It’s a set of words designed to indicate official displeasure and today the cycle will continue.
And it’s totally meaningless rhetoric. Incredibly overused by all political factions. And it amounts to absolutely nothing.