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"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" - Hunter S. Thompson

Monday, October 25, 2004

Are we fighting a holding Action?

I was listening to NPR news this morning and heard a quote from the President that disturbed me greatly.

"Senator Kerry now calls Iraq a diversion. But the case of just one terrorist shows how wrong his thinking is. A man named Zarqawi is responsible for planting car bombs and beheading Americans in Iraq. He ran a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan until we arrived. (Applause.) And then he fled to Baghdad, where he plotted and planned, and where he's fighting us today. He publicly announced his allegiance to Osama bin Laden. See, if Zarqawi and his associates were not busy fighting American and Iraqi forces in Iraq, what does my opponent think they'd be doing? Peaceful small businessmen? (Laughter.) Working for benevolent societies? Our troops will defeat the likes of Zarqawi so we do not have to face him in our own cities. (Applause.)"

George W. Bush Campaign Speech
Saturday October 23, 2004
Space Coast Stadium
Melbourne, Florida
Full Text of Speech Here

What disturbs me about this is I already have a sense that we have no clear plan to win the peace in Iraq or the war on terror globally. The quote made me think that our plan is just to keep a war going on somewhere in the world and keep terrorists fighting us overseas so they do not attack us in the US. That's some real scary 1984 type shit. I mean unless he thinks that you can actually just kill a certain number of people and then terrorism will be dead. Our current policy in Iraq and with the middle east in general seems to be creating more terrorists then we can kill, which means that we are in an unwinnable war if we do not change our strategy. Winning a war, any war, involves more then just military victories. It involves, economics, philosophy and sociology as well. So far we only seem to be focusing on the military options(poorly) and ignoring the rest. I have said it once and I will say it again George Orwell was 20 years off in his predictions.

"It was with the last revolution and the coming of INGSOC that the latest High learnt how to keep their position permanently – by cultivating ignorance among the other classes and by constantly surveying them through the Thought police. Part of this strategy included the maintenance of a state of continual warfare, which Goldstein discussed in the third chapter. The three major powers were not fighting this perpetual war for victory, they were fighting to keep a state of emergency always present as the surest guarantee of authoritarianism."

"The central doctrine of all these was the “mutability of the past” - the concept that the past had no objective reality except in records and so could be altered at will through doublethink"

George Orwell - 1984

It really, really scares me that I find it very easy to quote passages from 1984 in relation to our current government.

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