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Locked in an Orwellian eternal war

Locked in an Orwellian eternal war

By Robert Fisk

18 February 2001

In George Orwell's 1984, Oceania – in which Britain is "Airstrip One" – is engaged in eternal war with Eastasia. Victories are constantly announced by the British government. Our battle with Eastasia, over the years, has become routine. In George Bush's 2001, the West is engaged in eternal war with Iraq. The "degrading" of Iraq's forces is constantly announced by the American and British governments. And on Friday, the mission of the planes, which have been bombing Iraq for 10 years, was officially announced by the American President as "routine". As in 1984, the characters in 2001 do not change.

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