Monday, March 06, 2006

The value of George Orwell
Who helped form me when I was a much younger fogey
"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity," he wrote. "When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."

The phrase "war on terror" is a phony metaphor. We are not at war. Ninety-nine and 99/100ths percent of the American people are living the same way they've always lived. We have troops in Afghanistan and Iraq fighting an insurrection that our invasions of those countries caused. They are at war – a war of their own country's making – but the rest of us are not. Waving a flag or putting a bumper sticker on one's car cannot be called a war effort.

The "war" is being relegated to the inside pages, and it's a safe bet that no matter what happens in Baghdad, the Academy Awards will receive more coverage and notice than the war. In our nutty society, the choice of a comedian to emcee a Hollywood trade show is considered big, national news.
Panem et circenses or ‘hey, look, a distraction!’ Likewise mainstream society’s obsession with sport, wasting its debt-strained money on a business with mercenary players and owners who don’t care about the cities they supposedly represent.

The honourable John Murtha has pointed out recently that Iraq is now a civil war, again nothing to do with the West except the US invasion and occupation caused it. Again, overthrowing Saddam Hussein is like Marshal Tito dying, which cut loose all the warring factions in Yugoslavia.
This administration, including the president, has mischaracterized this war for the last two years ... So why would I believe the chairman of the Joint Chiefs when he says things are going well?

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