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Nolte: Greta Thunberg Says We Will ‘Put World Leaders Against the Wall’
By JOHN NOLTE 14 Dec 2019
Time’s “Scold of the Year,” Greta Thunberg, told a crowd in Italy that “we will make sure we put world leaders against the wall” if they do not do what she tells them to do.
On her way home, the 16-year-old Swedish eco-activist and chronic truant stopped to address a Fridays for Future gathering in Turin, Italy, at which she went the full-Fidel Castro.
“Unfortunately, we probably already know the outcome. World leaders are still trying to run away from their responsibilities but we have to make sure they cannot do that. We will make sure that we put them against the wall and they will have to do their job to protect our futures,” she said, according to the Daily Mail.
“Against the wall” is fairly common jargon in revolutions, especially youthful revolutions, and the accepted translation means executions — lots and lots of executions, specifically firing squads, where the old leaders are permanently removed by fresh-faced revolutionaries.
During the speech, and while wearing what looks like a plastic — and, therefore, a petroleum-based — yellow rain slicker, Greta shouted her usual spiel about how The Children should be in charge of everything because The Children will have to live in a future that will not exist unless we return to the Dark Ages of wind and solar power, unless we accept socialism.
Anyone who’s ever read Douglas Adams or listened to the great Jerry Jeff Walker knows what “up against the wall” means.
The Hitchhiker’s Travel Guide describes the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as:
“A bunch of mindless jerks who’ll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.”
Curiously, an edition of the Encyclopedia Galactica which conveniently fell through a rift in the time-space continuum from 1000 years in the future describes the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as:
“A bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came.”Fandom
Although, I’ve never quite figured out who was getting put up against the wall. Did Ray Wylie Hubbard mean the redneck or his mother?
Che Greta-vara blames it all on “Swenglish”…
Yesterday I said we must hold our leaders accountable and unfortunately said “put them against the wall”. That’s Swenglish: “att ställa någon mot väggen” (to put someone against the wall) means to hold someone accountable.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 14, 2019
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It does appear that “up against the wall” has a different meaning in Swedish:
Vi har beslutat att ställa ett land, ett folk, mot väggen och begär vidare att det skall avrusta fullständigt – till på köpet vi, och i ännu högre grad Förenta staterna, som tillverkar, exporterar och använder massförstörelsevapen.
We have decided to stand a country, a nation, up against the wall and then we demand that it totally disarm; we – or more to the point the United States – who manufacture, export and use weapons of mass destruction.https://www.linguee.com/english-swedish/translation/against+the+wall.html
I’m not sure that’s any less insane.