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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Maybe He's on to Something

People join terrorist organizations because there's no hope and there's no chance to raise their families in a peaceful world...
-- George W. Bush, yesterday.

[Jessica] Lynch had joined the army because she couldn't find a decent job in her hometown, Palestine, West Virginia. She had been turned down for a position at Wal-Mart.
In that same interview with Irish TV, AWol showed that he has the doublethink* thing down perfectly:
"There [have] been bombings since then, not because of my response to Iraq. There were bombings in Madrid. There were bombings in Istanbul. There were bombings in Bali. There were killings in Pakistan."
"I do believe the world is a safer place and becoming a safer place."

*Doublethink: The ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in your mind simultaneously and believe both of them. From George Orwell's 1984:

His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself -- that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word "doublethink" involved the use of doublethink.