We Have Changed War



“We have changed war,” she said

“No longer push of pike,

The intimate connection by a hooked iron blade.

We can destroy our enemies on computer screens

They look like simulations of human beings

Until they are wiped out

We make our own truth, we make history.”

How truth got in the programmes is a mystery.


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  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

     /  April 6, 2013

    the last two lines says it all
    I like each thought, but those stand out to me
    Good one Simon…
    Take Care..

    • You might remember – someone in the (Dubya) Bush administration said something like “Truth is what we make it”.

      • LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

         /  April 7, 2013

        sounds like something rumsfeld or cheney (not sure of the spelling on their names) would say
        and in saying that they sound more truth than one would think possible and few understood….

      • LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

         /  April 7, 2013

        I meant they ” said” more truth…
        today is a day for digesting one’s own truth…
        your words have me thinking …
        Hope all is well in your neck of the woods..

      • I think it was one of them or the people close to them – maybe that guy (I’ve forgotten his name right now) who was nicknamed “the prince of darkness” – Perlman?

        George Orwell’s “1984” is very much about people in power remaking history, but the danger – to the practitioners – of this approach is that a gulf develops between the picture they’re painting and what people are experiencing. There are also plenty of people still who ask awkward questions, or we would all be convinced Saddam Hussein actually did have weapons of mass destruction ready to fire between the first and the second Gulf Wars.

        In 1940 when Poland was invaded by the Nazis from the West and the Soviets from the East, many Polish officers, officials, police, intellectuals and so on disappeared, particularly officers who had surrendered to the Soviets. The suspicion in the west was that they’d been executed on Stalin’s orders, but the line in the Soviet Union always was, “No, we kept them alive and the Nazis killed them when they overran the POW camps”. What had happened in German-occupied Poland was well-known from 1945 on (Auschwitz, for example). It took till Gorbachev for the Soviet line to be abandoned and for the Soviet government to admit it was responsible for a mass killing. At that time there were soldiers still living who had participated in the slaughter. What I found remarkable, and somehow reassuring, was that some of them were relieved that they could confess. They had lived most of their lives with feelings of guilt.

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