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Thursday, February 20, 2003

Ready for yet another Bush war? The war in Afghanistan hasn't officially ended, the war in Iraq hasn't officially begun, and now we're sending troops back to the Philippines to help the government there crush Islamic resistance. After a long and vigorous debate in Congress, of course--NOT. It's really scary that Congress seems neither willing nor able to pull the reins in on the maniac in the White House and his genociders.

I've suggested several times over the past year that you read Orwell's "1984" if you haven't already. It's getting too late--what's going on now IS 1984: endless multiple wars, surveillance and repression, cheap stupid slogans (United we stand, Let's roll, coalition of the willing), misinformation and deception, insistence on conformity. War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. Double-plus ungood! We've got the Ministry of Truth: the state-controlled media of FoxNews, CNN, NBC, ClearChannel, etc., lying to us endlessly to serve Big Brother. We've got the Ministry of Peace in the Pentagon, planning and executing wars around the globe. We've got the Ministry of Plenty, cutting off social services to the poor, hungry and homeless. And, of course, we have John Ashcroft's and Tom Ridge's Ministry of Love, locking people away indefinitely and jacking up the fear week by week. Those who don't know their dystopian novels are doomed to create them.