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1984 or 2010?

With a view to our upcoming discussion of "1984," I found these latest attempts at Ingsoc's handling of history pretty frightening. The first is Radovan Karadzic denying that there ever was such thing as the siege of Sarajevo or the massacre at Srebrenica: as reported in the NYT.
The siege of Sarajevo, where more than 10,000 people died in 44 months, was not a siege by Bosnian Serb forces, he said. Instead, Sarajevo was a city divided by fighting, he contended, where Muslims killed other Muslims and “planted bodies of dead soldiers” around the city to put the blame on the Serbs.
Then here is Ahmadinejad casting doubt on 9/11 after denying there had been any kind of Holocaust in WWII.

“The September 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.”

Add to that our own Giuliani boldly stating that there had been no terrorist attack on America during Bush's Presidency, Palin's as…

Ephemeral Book Club!

Whether you read it in school or not, here is your assignment. Read ( or re-read,) "1984" by George Orwell. We will have a discussion here: like a real Book Club. With the increasingly fragile state of "thruthiness" in our culture, and the wholesale surrender of common sense to blow-hard sloganeering, the prophetic core of Orwell's work is becoming seriously disturbing.

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