Every few minutes the old man kept repeating:
"We didn't ought to 'ave trusted 'em. I said so, Ma, didn't I?
That's what comes of trusting 'em. I said so all along.
We didn't ought to 'ave trusted the buggers."
But which 'buggers' they 'didn't ought to have trusted'
Winston could not now remember.


To Orwell Today:

In the tube station after the atomic bomb dropped on Colchester, Winston overhears an old man saying "...We didn't ought to 'ave trusted the buggers..."

Who are the buggers he's talking about? The revolutionaries? Winston never quite finds out.


Greetings Ian,

I think the "buggers" the old man says "we didn't ought to 'ave trusted" were the main brains behind the United Nations - the organization formed after the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945 - under the pretext of maintaining "world peace". Orwell's name for the United Nations is "Big Brother". The United Nations organization is the joining of the Capitalists with the Communists to rule the world.

In "1984" Winston also says that "in the times after the bomb they revolutionized with force". The "they" he is referring to is "Big Brother".

In August 1945 the Capitalist nation of the USA impressed their Communist allies of the USSR by dropping two atomic bombs on their mutual enemy, Japan. This had a profound effect on George Orwell who had just recently returned to London from war-ravaged Europe where as a war-correspondent he had witnessed and wrote about the victorious UK, USA and USSR murdering, enslaving and starving the vanquished Germany. Friends who met Orwell during this time say that he was depressed and suspected that one day atomic bombs would be used as a control mechanism by tyrants to keep their peoples enslaved. He wrote an essay called You and the Atomic Bomb.

Here's what Gordon Bowker says about Orwell and the atomic bomb in his recent biography, INSIDE GEORGE ORWELL, on page 334:

"...At the beginning of August the war in the Far East was brought to a sudden and dramatic end when atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This introduced a new horrific dimension to the incubating nightmare. It also reminded Orwell that Wells had predicted nuclear weapons years before in The World Set Free."

"The sight of an obliterated Europe with its total breakdown of civilisation, refugees on the march, public humiliations and executions - an Hieronymus Bosch landscape of horror - only cast him into deeper gloom. Over Europe hung a morbid cloud of oppression, poverty and uncertainty, like one dilapidated workhouse. The wartime London to which he returned still lay under its own mist of gloom, and he had been robbed of the bright, lively partner* who actually cared about him and his newly adopted son. On top of all this came the Bomb. In these circumstances Jura would become his new Golden Country, unspoilt by time, unaffected by modernity, distant from the wreckage of war and the machinations of obsessed politicians. Jura was also a chance to renew himself, to start afresh, to return, as it were, to the primitive simplicities he had enjoyed as a boy at large..." [end quoting]

Orwell's nuclear weapons nightmare that he describes in "1984" does in fact seem to be coming true. Talk of nukes is now going mainstream.

*Orwell's wife Eileen had died on March 29th, 1945, a month after Orwell had left for Europe as war correspondent for the Observer newspaper. The last word in the unfinished letter she'd been writing him before she died was "clock" which is found in the first sentence of "1984". In her previous letter she had described to him her hatred of London and her wish that he would stop wasting his energy on journalism and move to the country where they could raise their child and he could write what she believed would be a masterpiece. Her funeral was on April 3rd and in "1984" Winston starts his diary on "April 4th". Also, Orwell may have been honouring Eileen when he named "1984" because she had written a futuristic poem in 1934 entitled END OF THE CENTURY, 1984, which was based on her recent reading of Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD. In her poem she describes the future fifty years down the road when,

'Shakespeare's bones are quiet at last,
...No book disturbs the lucid line,
For sun-bronzed scholars tune their thought
To telepathic Station 9
From where they know just what they ought,
...mental cremation that should banish
Relics, philosophies and colds'

poem taken from Gordon Bowker's biography INSIDE GEORGE ORWELL, page 382

All the best,
Jackie Jura

Physicist helped build first Atomic-bomb (admitted involved in Communist Party). Telegraph, Apr 29, 2005. Go to 13.Weapons & 6.Superstates & 35.Brotherhood & ATOMIC-BOMB SCIENTIST COMMUNIST


Go to 13.Weapons and 4.Old World Destruction and 2.Big Brother and 5.Pyramidal New World Order and 10.The Rulers

YOU AND THE ATOMIC BOMB, by George Orwell, 1945
THE WORLD SET FREE, by H. G. Wells, 1914
BRAVE NEW WORLD, by Aldous Huxley, 1931

Jackie Jura
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