January 14, 2006
Ministry of Truth
Orwell had this Iran/Iraq thing down cold:
On the sixth day of Hate Week, after the processions, the speeches, the shouting, the singing, the banners, the posters, the films, the waxworks, the rolling of drums and squealing of trumpets, the tramp of marching feet, the grinding of the caterpillars of tanks, the roar of massed planes, the booming of guns—after six days of this, when the great orgasm was quivering to its climax and the general hatred of Eurasia had boiled up into such delirium that if the crowd could have got their hands on the 2,000 Eurasian war-criminals who were to be publicly hanged on the last day of the proceedings, they would unquestionably have torn them to pieces—at just this moment it had been announced that Oceania was not after all at war with Eurasia. Oceania was at war with Eastasia.
Hate Week—now there’s an idea the GOP could really get behind. Come to think of it, there’s probably a good case to introduce thoughtcrime and facecrime legislation too. Not to mention launching a Junior Anti-Sex League to protect delicate young Republican women from the French. So many possibilities…
(Of course, in 1984 Eurasia became an ally once Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Bush, unfortunately, isn’t Orwellian enough to pull that off.)
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