Magazine article The American Conservative

Switch Hitting

Magazine article The American Conservative

Switch Hitting

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[WAR]

"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. Eurasia was an ally."

- George Orwell, 1984

Gareth Porter of Inter Press Service notes that the American ambassador to Baghdad has explicitly demanded that the Shi'ites, who won the Iraqi elections, not be given control of the defense or interior ministries and has implicitly threatened to stop funding the Shi'ite police commando units that have heretofore been co-operating with the U. …

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