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George Orwell on War

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All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Hmm, yet the rough men are often protecting us against other rough men, which could make them more part of the problem than of a solution. Plus, rough men are often the muscle for the moneyed class. Still, we do sleep better because of them.

 The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me’

He said this in Britain during WWII while the Germans were bombing and he was at the top of their list of people to liquidate. As Dante said, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.

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