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"Nouns are the handles with which we grip reality."

Ralph Peters then goes on to say:

There is a genuine problem here: The ever-accelerating pace of change since the end of the Cold War has left us with an inadequate vocabulary. Words literally fail us. We don't know what to call things. No military lexicon offers a useful term to describe the situation in Iraq.  

Sorry, Ralph, words (and therefore the concepts they embody) are failing you, not us.