To Orwell Today,
War is peace and peace is war. I lived in a part of the UK where there was a high proportion of military families. For a number of years in my youth I lived in one of these military camps where folks either were military personnel or were employed by the military. This culture, of being one of the elite British Service personnel, was somehow grafted into their very existance. You mixed with and talked military - it was all you knew. Fortunately I broke away from this culture in the mid sixties. But I still find people who believe that they're somehow right in believing the " war is peace and peace is war" doctrine. It's somehow inbredded in the British to believe that we have to have an enemy to hate or to go to war against to invade and conquer.
The truths of ORWELL'S 1984 are so profound and insightful in this continuing war against terror in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran which have cultures and history different to ours. We are really conned into believing the lies which the propaganda dictates and our youth are conditioned by games of miliary ilk to fight in these arenas daily and lose their lives and limbs for this valor, chivalry and the flag spearheaded by the words of "freedom, democracy and God's on our side".
Thanks for the good encapsulation of what Orwell meant by War is Peace.
All the best,
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