War damages the fabric of civilization
not by the destruction it causes...nor even by the slaughter of human beings,
but by stimulating hatred and dishonesty.
WAGING WAR MENTALITY AT HOME
By shooting at your enemy you are not in the deepest sense wronging him.
But by hating him, by inventing lies about him and bringing children up to believe them,
by clamouring for unjust peace terms which make further wars inevitable,
you are striking not at one perishable generation, but at humanity itself.
AS I PLEASE, by George Orwell
Tribune, August 4, 1944
Apropos of saturation bombing, a correspondent who disagreed with me very strongly added that he was by no means a pacifist. He recognized, he said, that 'the Hun had got to be beaten'. He merely objected to the barbarous methods that we are now using.
Now, it seems to me that you do less harm by dropping bombs on people than by calling them 'Huns'. Obviously one does not want to inflict death and wounds if it can he avoided, but I cannot feel that mere killing is all-important. We shall all be dead in less than a hundred years, and most of us by the sordid horror known as 'natural death'. The truly evil thing is to act in such a way that peaceful life becomes impossible. War damages the fabric of civilization not by the destruction it causes (the net effect of a war may even be to increase the productive capacity of the world as a whole), nor even by the slaughter of human beings, but by stimulating hatred and dishonesty. By shooting at your enemy you are not in the deepest sense wronging him. But by hating him, by inventing lies about him and bringing children up to believe them, by clamouring for unjust peace terms which make further wars inevitable, you are striking not at one perishable generation, but at humanity itself.
It is a matter of observation that the people least infected by war hysteria are the fighting soldiers. Of all people they are the least inclined to hate the enemy, to swallow lying propaganda or to demand a vindictive peace. Nearly all soldiers — and this applies even to professional soldiers in peace time — have a sane attitude towards war. They realize that it is disgusting, and that it may often be necessary. This is harder for a civilian, because the soldier's detached attitude is partly due to sheer exhaustion, to the sobering effects of danger, and to continuous friction with his own military machine. The safe and well-fed civilian has more surplus emotion, and he is apt to use it up in hating somebody or other — the enemy if he is a patriot, his own side if he is a pacifist. But the war mentality is something that can be struggled against and overcome, just as the fear of bullets can be overcome. The trouble is that neither the Peace Pledge Union nor the Never Again Society know the war mentality when they see it. Meanwhile, the fact that in this war offensive nicknames like 'Hun' have not caught on with the big public seems to me a good omen....
WAR ATROCITY SPECTACLES and NUREMBERG HANGINGS UNCIVILIZED and ORWELL'S TRIBUNE WAR WRITINGS
Austria arrests British Holocaust denier (said Auschwitz gas chambers a hoax; Jews died from typhus not gas) & David Irving an acclaimed historian (accused of anti-semitism for saying Jews are enemies of free speech). CBC/BBC, Nov 23, 2005
HOLOCAUST DENIER DEPORTED
GULLIVER DESCRIBES BOMBS & WAR (some evil genius, enemy to mankind, must have been the first contriver)
GULLIVER DISCOVERS HISTORY FALSIFIED (world misled by prostitute writers)
12.Ministry of Peace (War) and 11.Ministry of Plenty (Starvation) and 28.Reality Control and 7.Systems of Thought
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