Friday, November 25, 2005

Im ready for my two minutes of hate

I'm starting to think someone in the current administration (someone who reads) read 1984 and said "that would be cool".

Here's a Josh Marshal post about Abu Musab Zarqawi, terrorist mastermind and evil genius behind the Iraqi terrorists and al-Qaeda's #2 man.

Here's the part that's really eye-catching:

With some regularity he is apparently killed, but then turns out not to be dead. Often, if you read between the lines, it's not clear that we know enough about Zarqawi to be able to identify him even if we had a relatively intact body to examine. In a similarly odd fashion, second-in-commands seem to be caught with some regularity, only to be replaced by other long-time second-in-commands.
Now check out this, from the Wikipedia entry on the "resistance" to the reign of Big Brother:

In the novel Goldstein is rumored to be a former top member of the ruling (and sole) Party who had broken away early in the movement and started an organization known as "The Brotherhood", dedicated to the fall of The Party. However, in the course of the novel, we learn that we will never know whether either "The Brotherhood" or Goldstein himself actually ever existed, even though we are led to believe that neither Goldstein, nor the "Brotherhood," nor "Big Brother" exists outside of suggestion. Each member of "The Brotherhood" is required to read a book supposedly written by Goldstein, The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism (see: Goldstein's book).

Each person is said to have 3 or 4 contacts at one time which are replaced as people disappear, so that if a member is captured, he can only give up 3 or 4 others. Goldstein is always the subject of the "Two Minutes Hate," a daily, 2-minute period beginning at 11:00 am at which some image of Goldstein is shown on the telescreen (a one-channel television with surveillance devices in it). It is thought that the opposition to Big Brother – namely, Goldstein – was simply a construction, which ensured that support and devotion towards Big Brother was continuous. It is never revealed whether this is true.

Maybe this is a paranoid question, but does anyone know if Zarqawi sounds like an annoying sheep when he talks?


Larry Clapp said...

I'm sure (baaa!) that Zarqawi would be (baaa!) annoyed by your (baaa!) implication. (Baaa! Baaa!)

Larry Clapp said...

I don't know what that means, but it seemed funny at the time. Good thing no one reads this thing. ;)

Chuck said...

Lol. I agree, it is very good that no one reads it.

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