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A variant of what is known as the 'thou also' or 'tu quoque' logical fallacy. In popular usage, a refusal to admit the one side of an issue is wholly responsible for violence, injustice, disruption, intransigency etc. Rather the more nebulous, and often completely untrue, 'both sides' is referred to in order to obfuscate guilt, shift blame, and otherwise distract from the seriousness of the events at hand.
"I think there is blame on both sides." -Donald Trump
by jin-roh August 15, 2017
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Intelligence agency term for "psychological operation". A government or corporate-sponsored operation, usually taking the form of a "terrorist attack" or "crazed gunman on a spree", with the intent of panicking the public into demanding more police and laws inhibiting freedom. Psyops are usually carried out by drugging a civilian or group of civilians with aggression-promoting drugs, psyching them up, arming them, and sending them out to commit mayhem. Government-sponsored terrorism. See also blackshirts, conspiracy
Person A: Man, that nutcase Martin Bryant guy shot 35 people in Tasmania!

Person B: No, he wasn't a nutcase, that was just a psyop so the government could have an excuse to ban guns.
by Mystikan April 11, 2006
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