Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Great Energy War

Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators: Adolf Hitler, 1938


An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland: Adolph Hitler : In 1933, Hitler used the burning of the Reichstag as a pretext to push through emergency decrees suspending the basic civil liberties of German citizens. The "emergency" decrees remained in effect until the fall of the Third Reich in 1945.


Now I shall ask you to imagine how/ Men under discipline of death prepare for war./ There is much more to it than armament/ . . . and for a while they join a terrible equality;/ Are virtuous, self-sacrificing, free;/ And so insidious is this liberty/ That those surviving it will bear/ An even greater servitude to its root:/ Believing they were whole, while they were brave;/ That they were rich because their loot was great;/ That war was meaningful because they lost their friends: Homer - Source: War Music A verse translation of Books 16 - 19 of the Illiad by Christopher Logue. 1981. King Penguin.


In modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason: Ernest Hemingway


So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable: Aldous Huxley



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