The rumours of Emmanuel Goldstein’s death have been Greatly Exaggerated.

Another post over at Global Guerillas, in which everyone dances around the truth, afraid to touch the real issues:

Friday, November 10, 2006
GLOBAL GUERRILLAS IN THE UK

Emergent_community The spread of the open source war to the West isn’t a matter of speculation or conjecture. It’s real and tangible as new groups/networks emerge with increasing frequency (see this brief for more on the community dynamics of open source group formation). A measure of those networks we do know about in the UK, was provided on November 9th 2006 by Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, director general of the MI5 (a person rarely given to hype). She provides us (see the original transcript) with the following:

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[Much description here of the Thirty or so plots against the UK, and the growth of them. There is no ascription of this growth being a result of the War in Iraq, though]

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And several comments later:

The fun question for Western Democracies is: for how long can such a democracy continue to exist if it uses methods that run fundamentally counter to its basic beliefs in attempting to defend those beliefs? More to the point, isn’t the warping of the basic beliefs of a political system the sign that the terrorists have achieved a goal?

Well partly right, someone has achieved their goal. A certain passage comes to mind:

‘You have read the book, Goldstein’s book, or parts of it, at least. Did it tell you anything that you did not know already?’

‘You have read it?’ said Winston.

‘I wrote it. That is to say, I collaborated in writing it. No book is produced individually, as you know.’

Goldstein and his heresies will live for ever. Every day, at every moment, they will be defeated, discredited, ridiculed, spat upon and yet they will always survive.

Well, there are those who exist within democratic open western societies who really don’t believe they should be as free and as open as they are. They can’t espouse their opinions openly, as they would be denounced.

But they can, in the name of security, propose new rules that suppress the opposition, and make us less free. But that is the small stuff.

What they can do to really do to damage Western freedoms is: wage an unjust war against our supposed enemies, killing many hundreds of thousands of those innocent civilians so that those which remain will hate the West with a passion for the rest of their lives. Make sure that they leave a clear written description of their justifications for not affording those captured any of the protections afforded by international conventions, so the basic racism and anti-Islamic nature of those leaders of the West is crystal clear. Sow permanent hatred of the USA in all countries of the Middle East to ensure a steady stream of recruits for the terrorist organizations, so that there will be plenty of terrorist atrocities, so as to justify ever more restrictions on freedoms.

The rumours of Emmanuel Goldstein’s death have been Greatly Exaggerated.

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