Angry Robot

Tired and Disgusted

Herewith, a purge of all Iraq nonsense that has been clogging the mind (all links from “reputable” sources, BTW): Prince of Darkness exposed in New Yorker, Prince of Darkness resigns; officers: war could last months – and it’s just the beginning; US steps up secret surveillance and Bush re-secrets secret files; terrornoia parts one and two; Keegan is writing for the Telegraph; media’s record: at least a lie a day. Got to keep the lies coming:

Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the 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… The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

From the master of lies, Hermann Goering.

With that, I’m hoping I can get back to the usual nonsense. Just that I’ve been hooked following the war, like I’m sure many of you are. I’m trying to ease up on the tearing-out-of-the-hair in favour of straight-up nonjudgmental military voyeurism, and the Agonist is possibly the best tool for it, given the wretched state of television. Going to try and follow the war like I follow hockey, not get too upset, and continue with my other interests. We’ll see if that works.