Wednesday, December 31, 2003

General Steiner will rescue Berlin!
They're at it again

President George W Bush was sent a public manifesto yesterday by Washington's hawks, demanding regime change in Syria and Iran and a Cuba-style military blockade of North Korea backed by planning for a pre-emptive strike on its nuclear sites.

Europeans are generally considered to be unrealistic because of their generally greater scepticism towards military adventure. But there's nothing like having the largest military budget in the world to enable enclosure in a complete fantasy world.

I'm not Orwell's biggest fan, but this seems apposite. From Notes on Nationalism:

"Some nationalists are not far from schizophrenia, living quite happily in amid dreams of power and conquest which have no connexion with the physical world."