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Friday, August 05, 2005

Crackdown in Airstrip One

[Note: I've stated a few times that Orwell's 1984 is a prerequisite for reading this blog. But, if you haven't read it, there is an online Newspeak Dictionary that can serve as your Cliff's Notes. Since I'm feeling generous today, I'll help the 1984-illiterates out this once: "Airstrip One" = England.]

Tony Blair is basically calling for arrest and deportation for committing "crimethink."
There will be new anti-terrorism legislation in the Autumn. This will include an offence of condoning or glorifying terrorism. The sort of remarks made in recent days should be covered by such laws. But this will also be applied to justifying or glorifying terrorism anywhere, not just in the UK.
Even our idiot pResident hasn't gone this far, although perhaps only because he doesn't know as many big words as Tony does. Of course, no one has been a bigger justifier of aWol's terrorism against Iraq than his poodle, Tony. And does this mean that the BBC can no longer show footage of bombings and the like, because it could be considered to be glorifying terrorism (similar to how our sports broadcasts don't show fans running onto the field during games)? Will the proles in Airship One be unable to see "24" reruns?

And the smarter half of the Blair-Bush project seems to be practically gloating over the opportunity that 7/7 gave him:
Such action in the past has been controversial. Each tightening of the law has met fierce opposition. Regularly we have had defeat in Parliament or the courts. The Anti-Terrorism legislation, passed in 2002 after September 11th was declared partially invalid. The successor legislation hotly contested.

But, for obvious reasons, the mood now is different. People do not talk of "scaremongering".
And, he didn't add, if they start doing that again, we can always arrange another attack to shut them up.

Just as with 9/11, the official story of what happened on 7/7 is full of holes, and the government has rushed to take police-state measures without any proof that they are needed or would have prevented the tragedy. See Xymphora for lots of details about what is wrong with Airstrip One's "investigation" of 7/7 and 7/21.

[Update, 4:20 PM] WIIIAI has lots of comments on poodle's speech. Excerpt:
Since 9/11, Blair has always had a bit of victimization envy. He desperately wanted for Britain to be important enough on the world stage to be attacked, for it too to be hated for its freedom. He didnít precisely wish for the bombings, but they do represent a kind of validation for him, and an opportunity to put on his determined face and make just such a speech as he did today. After 7/7, everything is different, he says, which sounds awfully familiar. No one is calling it ďscaremongeringĒ any more, he says. Sure they are. Well, I am. Itís just more of a sellerís market now.