Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
John Stuart Mill
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
The Public is merely a multiplied "me."
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Otto Von Bismarck
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
A witty saying proves nothing.
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Genocide in Sudan: US moving towards an armed International Intervention
Colin Powell has come to the conclusion that the situation, "is moving toward genocide."
He plans to spend part of Wednesday visiting several camps that serve as temporary refuges. Satellite photographs indicate that hundreds of villages have been razed.
In today's op-ed section of the Christian Science Monitor, Joseph Siegle reports:
The Sudanese government's genocidal campaign to expunge African tribes from its western provinces ripples with impunity. More than 1 million people have been uprooted from their homes, 30,000 have been killed, women have been systematically raped, children kidnapped to be used as slaves, farms burned, villages looted, and water sources contaminated with decomposing corpses. The brutality punctuates the unmistakable message: Don't come back.
The situation is going to get worse. The approaching rainy season threatens to strand large numbers of the displaced without access to food, medical supplies, and other basic necessities in a barren land soon to be an impassable slop. Aid agencies estimate that 350,000 to 1 million people could die from starvation and disease, conveniently advancing the government's aims while masking culpability - a technique Khartoum has perfected from its decades-long conflict in the south. Besides, time is on the unelected government's side: A prolonged displacement of black Africansprovides the opening for Darfur to be Arabized, as nomadic Arab tribes move into the area.
From Washington Post:
About 300,000 people have died in the crisis in the Darfur region since February 2003, and an estimated 1.2 million people have been displaced, according to international agencies. The physicians' group said that about 200,000 people are in camps in Chad and have access to international aid, but supplies cannot be guaranteed during the rainy season, which is about to start and lasts until October.
Several human rights groups have said that the United States has taken the lead at the United Nations in highlighting the plight of refugees and displaced persons from Darfur. Richard Goldstone, the former chief prosecutor of the U.N. criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, has publicly corroborated the conclusions of the physicians' group. Heffernan said the authorization of force by the U.N. Security Council might be required against Sudan.
"If it comes down to the use of force, so be it," Heffernan said. PHR's board has called for such action three times before, during crises in Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo.
We are going to have to fight another war. If it comes down to arms, it will no longer be a "peace keeping mission".
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From the Star Ledger: Powell urges Sudan to rein in militias.
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a direct appeal last night to Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir to restrain militia groups that he said were responsible for a "horrific" humanitarian crisis in western Sudan, including the uprooting of more than 1 million people.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail, appearing afterward with Powell at a news conference here, said there may be some humanitarian problems in Darfur province but insisted "there is no famine, no malnutrition and no disease" in the area.
He promised to be responsive to repeated U.S. appeals for Sudan to lift restrictions on humanitarian access to Darfur and to disarm government-backed Arab militias that have been attacking the province's black population.
Powell said, "There is a need for additional security so that the humanitarian effort can go on unimpeded."
The United States is considering to organise an international force to stop the massacre of Africans and their expulsion from their homes in Sudan if the country will not stop the government-supported Arab militia.
Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, revealed this while answering a question on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show whether there was enough resolve in the international community to intervene if Sudan does not bring these rogue militias (Jingaweit) under control, to prevent a Rwanda type massacre.
Pointing out that both UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, and Secretary of State, Colin Powell, were in Sudan and Powell was going to Darfur, Armitage said "I will say from the United States point of view, if it is necessary, we will do all we can to try to build up the international resolve. We would like to get this situation stopped and stabilised right now, so we don't have to go to an international stabilisation force."
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