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
"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
"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
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.