Iíve been speaking with a number of people about the similarities to our current state of international politics. They, like myself have made references to Orwellís book and itís spooky sense of prophecy. But this is always said at least half jokingly, if not three quarters. But last night I was startled. Itís like ìPresidentî Bush read 1984, but didnít get the irony. Instead he thought, ìWhat a gosh darn good manual for running a dictatorship. Too bad Orwellís a foreigner because heíd be great as a Secretary of the Interior. Oh well, guess Iíll have to do it myself.î Or something like that.
I could write an essay comparing and contrasting Orwellís Oceana to Pax Americana but frankly that would be pedantic. And thatís a scary thought; that the similarities are so blaringly obvious that itíd be like pointing at the sky and explaining that itís blue. Read it for yourself and whenever you see the name Goldstein, just replace it with Hussein and imagine that the Minister of Love is named John Ashcroft. Sleep tight!