This Orwell quote (from a piece recommended to me by a friend, thanks…) is so frightening in its accuracy to today’s war hungry climate.
Presaging his masterpiece “1984,” Orwell was most alarmed by the fervid nationalist’s indifference to reality: “Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage—torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians—which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side.”
Just check off that which we have already done as a nation. Here let me help: torture, check. Hostages, check. Reportedly family members are detained in order capture insurgents. Forced labor, we’ll leave this one off. Mass deportations, no check here, we have only deported a few people. Imprisonment without trial, check. Forgery, I think we could put spying on citizens in a similar category. Somehow Orwell missed that one. Assassination, not yet, I don’t think. Bombing of civilians, check, but that’s collateral damage, this is a war, damnit!