Orwell on the Purpose of War

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Thank you, Rod, for this response to a post:

About an hour before reading your article I read this by the prescient George Orwell in “1984”:

“The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”

9:56 am on July 20, 2011