Sunday, November 12, 2006

Orwell Would Be Proud

Yesterday was "Veteran's Day". This is the holiday that was formerly known as Armistice Day, and was established to commemorate the end of one of the most horrific wars in history, World War I.

Its kind of ironic how a holiday that was established to celebrate peace and the end of war, has been subtly changed to now be an opportunity to glorify all things warlike. On days like these we are supposed to roll out the mental and emotional red carpet for "our troops", who are spread out across half the globe, on a mission to kill or be killed, sent by politicians in Washington. We are supposed to be thankful on days like this for the willingness of our leaders to courageously wage war, and by placing the focus on the ones actually doing the Pols dirty work, they cleverly avoid all criticism.

All this on a day originally meant to celebrate the end of war.

Yes, Orwell would be proud.

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