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RE: Letter to the American people from a soldier in Iraq
Several times folks have called upon the ghost of Orwell to denigrate the current war in Iraq. Its kind of cool to just pick and choose the parts of Orwell's writings to make one's point, one might call that use of Orwell, "Orwellian". I think he'd find a bitter humor in that. In conformance with that particular spirit of selective quoting, Here's something he wrote about pacifism.
The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States .
Orwell's Notes on Nationalism in May 1945.