War is peace

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15 April 2012

WAR IS PEACE

Thirty-two people are reported to been killed in fighting in Syria since the “cease-fire” brokered by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan supposedly came into force last Thursday 12 April 2012.

Cease-fire? What cease-fire?

How can people be killed during a cease-fire?

In the murky world of high-stakes international diplomacy words take on the opposite of their normal meaning.

The great powers, sometimes known as “the international community”, are using the fictitious “cease-fire” as an alibi to justify their reluctance to take military action to bring down the murderous regime in Damascus. At the end of last month the UN estimated the death toll for the year-long conflict at more than 9 000.

Accordingly, for diplomatic purposes, the fiction that there is a cease-fire must continue to be publicly maintained even if, in reality, the firing has not ceased.

Annan’s “peace” plan requires al-Assad to withdraw his tanks from towns and cities. This has not happened. Today the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy shelling in Homs.

Annan has been widely criticized for his supposed naivety in believing that Assad would act in good faith and respect the cease-fire. In fact, it is hard to believe that a hardened diplomatic wheeler-dealer such as Annan actually did believe that the duplicitous Assad would comply. Annan is a servant of the great powers. He does what they bid him to do.

In the UK’s Guardian newspaper on Friday 13 April, Syrian resident Ahmad el-Khalaf is quoted as saying: “We do not feel any safer. This [cease-fire] seems to be a big deal for the outside world but for us inside Syria we are used to these people playing with the Syrian people. People in charge playing games with the Syrian people, the Arab League playing games with the Syrian People, Obama and Cameron playing games with the Syrian people.”

Editorial note: WAR IS PEACE is a slogan written on the façade of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1949 novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, which depicts a chilling totalitarian dystopia.

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 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

 1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Das Vierte Reich/The Fourth Reich (6 Feb 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

5. What would Gandhi have said? (30 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.

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3 Responses to War is peace

  1. Wayne says:

    Really?

    Orwell is rolling over in his grave as you buy Big Brother’s double-speak.

    “War and the United States. The blog believes that the greatest danger to world peace comes from the United States and its satraps. The USA is the killer nation. It is not for nothing that every second film that comes out of Hollywood shows a killer with a gun in his hand.”

    OK. Then why would you turn around and support the American caused Arab-spring and dare to dedicate your blog to the “The activists of the 2011 Arab Spring?”

    It was ‘State-Department’ funding which caused the ‘democracy events.’ Not twitter, and not Facebook.

    Big Brother must be proud.

    Wayne

    • Antigone1984.com says:

      Wayne,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Like ourselves, you are perfectly entitled to whatever views you hold and indeed those views may well be valid. Nevertheless, in this case, we at Antigone1984.com do not share your opinion that the US Government sponsored the Arab Spring. In fact, we think the contrary is the case. We believe the last thing the US wanted was an upset to its cosy well-established relationships with the ruling dictatorships in North Africa and the Middle East.

      • Wayne says:

        Well, we (that would be Orwell, Sctry of State – Hilary, and me) know the US govt had spend hundreds of millions a year on opposition groups ….

        The same groups who marched. The same ‘advocates’ who were arrested about 2 months ago in Egypt by the new govt.

        They were arrested for leading ….

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