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We Have Always Been At War With Eastasia

In March of 1998, Time Magazine ran an essay by George H. W. Bush entitled, "Why We Didn't Remove Saddam." The essay no longer appears in the Time magazine archives, and all mention of it has been removed from the table of contents for that issue. It seems that Time has taken to editing the web to bring history in line with current policy.

link: http://www.thememoryhole.org/mil/bushsr-iraq.htm

Outside, even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold. Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no color in anything except the posters that were plastered everywhere."

The year is 1984; the scene is London, largest population center of Airstrip One.

Airstrip One is part of the vast political entity Oceania, which is eternally at war with one of two other vast entities, Eurasia and Eastasia. At any moment, depending upon current alignments, all existing records show either that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia, or that it has always been at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia. Winston Smith knows this, because his work at the Ministry of Truth involves the constant "correction" of such records. "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.

-Milan Kundera


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:11 am (UTC)
Mind if I copy this?
Nov. 18th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
Not at all.
Nov. 18th, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)
I knew scrubbing/wiping the internet for unsavory details/history was a popular activity for corporations and governments. What's next storming libraries and scrubbing their archives too? Maybe I should scrub this entry too; I might give them ideas.
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