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HOPING NOBODY WILL NOTICE

On the sixth day of Hate Week, just when the crowds are working themselves into a frenzy of loathing for the eternal enemy, Eurasia, news comes of a change in the war. Eurasia is now an ally. Winston Smith is listening to a speech at a Hate rally when it happens:

The speech had been proceeding for perhaps twenty minutes when a messenger hurried on to the platform and a scrap of paper was slipped into the speaker's hand. He unrolled it and read it without pausing in his speech. Nothing altered in his voice or manner, or in the content of what he was saying, but suddenly the names were different. Without words said, a wave of understanding rippled through the crowd. Oceania was at war with Eastasia!

I couldn't help thinking of that passage as I watched the mainstream TV coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. All those commentators who had been assuring us for so many years that George W. Bush was a feckless idiot are forced to pretend they knew this was going to happen all along.

Today's Independent leader (subscriber-only) tries, none too successfully, to keep its dignity intact. (The cartoon accompanying it, by the way, shows Condoleezza Rice with Mickey Mouse ears saying to Mahmoud Abbas "Trust me... This time we're serious about the peace process." Ho ho. Nowhere near as witty as Sharon, the baby-eater.).

According to the Indy: [W]e have a re-elected George Bush, bogged down in Iraq - concerned, perhaps, to show goodwill to his British ally; grateful, too, no doubt, for a conflict in which US troops are not being killed and diplomatic progress seems newly feasible....

Whoever wrote that has a true gift for comedy.


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Little Green Footballs celebrates its fourth birthday - sort of. Charles Johnson has seen a lot of changes:

If you poke around in our archives, you’ll discover that pre-9/11, I was ... uh ... not exactly a fan of Dubya myself, although I don’t think I ever actually hated him with the ferocity of the modern Blue-State Moonbat. For example, I linked approvingly to that series of pictures comparing Bush poses to chimpanzees. (Thought it was funny. You know what? I still kinda do. Don’t tell the President, please?)
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