Friday, 5 November 2004

More deaths

Doom and Gloom in the news. Three British soldiers have been killed in Iraq, which is on all the front pages. Their regiment has only just moved up into central Iraq. What a pointless effort this is!

Funnily enough, somebody sent me a couple of interesting quotes yesterday:

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

"By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed."

To many people these quotes accurately reflect what we're being told by our leaders about things like Iraq, and the "War on Terror". Guess which eminent people came out with these? Well, the first was Herman Goering, at his trial in 1946, and the second was Hitler himself, in Mein Kampf.

The point I am making is that British soldiers are being killed, yet at the same time it is possible to sympathise with the "insurgents" themselves. They simply want to kick an occupying force out of their country. Were the French Resistance wrong?

In another development, it looks like Arafat is on his way out. No time for the man after he squandered the peace talks a couple of years ago. It is one thing to lead a rebellion, quite another to lead a state.

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