When is a military dictator a freedom fighter?

When war is peace and ignorance is strength. A selection from "The Collected Works of George Bush."


Andrew Leonard
November 21, 2007 11:46PM (UTC)

My 13-year-old daughter started reading George Orwell's "1984" this week. While sitting in an airport lounge on Saturday, she furrowed her brow and pointed out a selection on the page in front of her.

"I don't get it, Dad," she said, "How is freedom the same as slavery?"

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There on the page were the three infamous slogans of Oceania's ruling Party.

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

I wasn't very helpful. I told her to keep reading and the meaning would become apparent.

But I also could have told her, just pick up a newspaper.

In today's case, let's look at the Times of India via The Acorn.

Tim Grieve has done a good job already today of chronicling some of George Bush's most ridiculous (and incoherent) comments in his Tuesday interview with ABC's Charles Gibson. But he neglected one.

In an astonishing defense of the now widely-reviled dictator, Bush told ABC News in an interview at his Camp David retreat: "So far I've found him to be a man of his word. He's done more for democracy in Pakistan than any other modern leader has."


Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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