Thursday, August 25, 2005
- Orwell rolls in his grave
- News Now
- Al Jazeera English TV
- Arab Gateway
- UC Berkeley - Free Learning
- Dahr Jamail
- Mick Smith Weblog
- Juan Cole
- Iraq Slogger
- Phil Taylor's Website
- Today in Iraq
- Middle East TV News
- Inter Press
- Freedom of Information
- Handbook for bloggers pdf
- Footage of Tube shooting has gaps, says IPCC
- IPCC: Delay taking over Stockwell shooting case 'c...
- London: Born 1919 - To Be Free
- Iraq: al-Sadr allies boycott after offices attacke...
- Video: US based Preacher of Hate Calls for Assa...
- Iraq: Constitution draft is a sectarian stitch-up
- Veteran deploys Bush protection
- Stockwell shooting: some protesters uneasy with po...
- Where is the cctv footage of Stockwell shooting?
- Jean Charles de Menezes Protest London 22.8.05 pho...
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship
in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to
establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object
of torture is torture. The object of power is power."
The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who
use the abstract words of glory, honour, and patriotism to mask the cries of the
wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering, and chest-pounding grief. They
know the lies the victors often do not acknowledge, the lies covered up in
stately war memorials and mythic war narratives, filled with stories of courage
and comradeship. They know the lies that permeate the thick, self-important
memoirs by amoral statesmen who make wars but do not know war. The vanquished
know the essence of war - death. They grasp that war is necrophilia. They see
that war is a state of almost pure sin with its goals of hatred and destruction.
They know how war fosters alienation, leads inevitably to nihilism, and is a
turning away from the sanctity and preservation of life. All other narratives
about war too easily fall prey to the allure and seductiveness of violence, as
well as the attraction of the godlike power that comes with the license to kill
with impunity. But the words of the vanquished come later, sometimes long after
the war, when grown men and women unpack the suffering they endured as children,
what it was like to see their mother or father killed or taken away, or what it
was like to lose their homes, their community, their security, and be discarded
as human refuse. But by then few listen. The truth about war comes out, but
usually too late. We are assured by the war-makers that these stories have no
bearing on the glorious violent enterprise the nation is about to inaugurate.
And, lapping up the myth of war and its sense of empowerment, we prefer not to
Armaments bring only disasters. When one accumulates them, this damages
the economy, and if one puts them to use, then they destroy people on both
sides. Consequently, only a madman can believe that armaments are the principal
means in the life of society. No, they are an enforced loss of human energy, and
what is more are for the destruction of man himself. If people do not show
wisdom, then in the final analysis they will come to a clash, like blind moles,
and then reciprocal extermination will begin.
Khrushchev to Kennedy