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Orwell’s world alive and well

Dear Editor:I read in your paper last Thursday how Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld disputed reports that our military is spread too thin with its operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and is close to the breaking point. He claimed that our troops are “battle hardened” (not war weary, I’m guessing) and that “the force is not broken.”That’s not been my impression from what I read in the paper (damn that “liberal” press!) Ever since Hurricane Katrina, I tend to believe that there’s more than just a germ of truth in any report that spokespersons of the current administration try to discount. It would appear that George Orwell’s world of “1984” is alive and well in 2006. Double-speak continues to be the order of the day as both sides of the war loudly babble away. One might have to strain to hear the whisper of truth, but it’s there if one listens. A quote of Abraham Lincoln comes to my mind: “It has been said of the world’s history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and our time to reverse the maxim and to say that right makes might.” Amen.My question all along has been, are we indeed doing what’s right by fighting in this war, and if so, for whom and for what?Bob KeenanCarbondale


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