Thursday, February 09, 2006

RtoS on Bush's policy as enunciated in the State of the Union address: "War will always be with us. I define this country in terms of war. I can do unusual, even illegal things, because we are at war. You cannot criticse me because we are at war. I have no intention of ending this war, only of promising that it will continue for a long, long time."

It is quite obvious that Bush, Cheney and the Administration just love the 'war' they're in and the political opportunities it presents them. It's the same strategy that has been used throughout history by those who exploit war in order to increase power:

'War abroad and repression at home.'

It's a wonder that this approach isn't criticised and condemned far more rigourously than it is, particularly when one considers the colossal fraud of the Iraq war, which obviously had nothing to do with 'terrorism' and instead predictably increased terrorism.

Or as HL Mencken said in particularly blunt form:

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

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