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Vocabulary

To correspond with the article “‘If Hypocrisy Could Kill’” in the World Press Review Iraq Anthology 1981-2003.

All definitions are from Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, except where noted.


cynical: believing that people are motivated in all their actions only by selfishness; denying the sincerity of people's motives and actions or the value of living (adv. cynically)
“Thus, rather cynically, the world community shows concern over the use of chemical weapons in wars between countries but seems indifferent to their use by a government against its own people...”

de facto: existing or being such in actual fact though not by legal establishment, official recognition
“Everyone was aware that this conference had not taken place five years earlier because the United States and France-de facto allies of Iraq-were unwilling to deprive Iraq of a means of pressuring their common enemy, Iran.”

explicit: clearly stated and leaving nothing implied; distinctly expressed; definite: distinguished from IMPLICIT (adv. explicitly
“Iraq violated the ban in the face of worldwide indifference, without being explicitly condemned or having any sanctions proposed against it in Paris.”

Geneva Protocol: At the 1925 Geneva Conference for the Supervision of the International Traffic in Arms, the United States...took the initiative of seeking to prohibit the export of gases for use in war. At French suggestion it was decided to draw up a protocol on non-use of poisonous gases and at the suggestion of Poland the protocol was extended to include bacteriological [biological] weapons. It was signed on June 17, 1925 and entered into force in 1928. It now has 135 signatory states. The United States ratified the Protocol in 1975.
“This was a simple, albeit solemn, reaffirmation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol...”
Source: Federation of American Scientists

hypocrisy: a pretending to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; especially, a pretense of virtue, piety, etc.
“‘If hypocrisy could kill as chemical weapons do, we would all be dead from the toxic fumes here,’ said one scandalized representative of a European country that was neutral in the Iran-Iraq War.”

scandalized: having shocked or outraged moral feelings
“‘If hypocrisy could kill as chemical weapons do, we would all be dead from the toxic fumes here,’ said one scandalized representative of a European country that was neutral in the Iran-Iraq War.”

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