September 22, 2002
Excuse me?

Normally I keep politics out of this blog, but when I read this: "...that the president has no intention of allowing any foreign power to catch up with the huge lead the United States has opened since the fall of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago. [...] Our forces will be strong enough to dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing a military buildup in hopes of surpassing, or equaling, the power of the United States." in the newspaper it gave me the shivers. The full text can be found here.

Fortunately we don't have a lot of oil in Germany so we are not labeled as "adversaries" yet. But aren't scientists already talking about the upcoming "water wars"? Uh uh, we have quite a lot of that and it's so clean that you can drink it right from the tap. Could become quite an incentive in the future. And what about our seemingly inexhaustible resource here - unemployed people? Perhaps they might be a valuable target of the next "gene" or "organ wars".

So we better be nice, keep out mouth shut and turn somebody else in so that we do not arouse the anger of world-dominatrix Lady Liberty. (Note to myself: Research Helsinki Syndrome, INGSOC)

Posted at September 22, 2002 12:24 PM | Further reading

The irony is that we sitting in america have a "selected" president who is changing the very basis of our country with no mandate from the people. This harkens back to the days that rome transformed from being a republic into a dictatorship. Many of us are more frightened of our president than Saddam. 9/11, which happened on his watch, is becoming the excuse for the biggest power grab in world history. Everyone should be frightened.

Posted by: phoe on September 22, 2002 03:11 PM

coma2mario, u are excused. This is something that has to be commented on - everywhere.

It may be too early to comment on the German elections, but it looks like your country has just re elected a leader who is willing to stand up to Bush. This is more than can be said for pretty much every other western nation including my own (Oz). You Germans should be congratulated!

However I don't think this is a huge shift in US policy, its just that they are now announcing their intentions to the world.

Anyway, you may be interested in this link ( I am currently reading this guy's most recent book in which he draws parrallels with the Saddam/Goldstein (1984) thingo.

Blog on.

Posted by: gilli on September 23, 2002 11:28 AM

People, let us be rational here. I am suprised at how quickly you are to jump on the elitist bandwagon, when the quote that prompted your emotional reaction was an element of US National Security policy, that standing alone has been snatched from its context.

Really folks, are you giving these things the critical and serious thought that they deserve, or are you merely reacting emotionally to something that sounds good initially, but with further investigation uncovers something far more vast and complex?

In order to put things in context, you would be wise to remember the Cold-War and Communism. You would be wise to recall that America has been continually on the side fighting against tyranny and despotism. If you think this is not the case, remind the French and the Germans and the Euro nations and the Pacific and free Asian nations and most any other nation where they would be and under what form of rule they would be chained, were it not for the United States of America's role in things.

Now, it is always fun to quote things from "1984", and to try to compare INGSOC and Big Brother to American Government. This just doesn't hold never really held up...only in the minds of wishful socialists who yearned for America to prove itself the great evil organization they supposed was represented in fiction like the book 1984. It never happened. It just doesn't work, and in fact, any reader of the book might be suprised that he comes away after reading it seeing an ironic association between liberalism/socialism movements and Big Brother itself.

As far as that "stand up to Bush" comment regarding the German friend, respectfully, you would benefit from some serious critical thought, a lesson and reflection upon history and fact.

I appologize if I've offended any of you, but it is absurd to make the kinds of statements you've made as if on a whim. I assume that's what it is, because statements like yours that weren't on a whim or out of emotion are truly dissapointing.



Posted by: Todd Hopkinson on September 26, 2002 04:19 PM
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