Big Brother is redundant

posted 16 June 2003

We don't need the Ministry of Truth; we deceive ourselves just fine. From an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer today:

A third of the American public believes U.S. forces have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a recent poll. Twenty-two percent said Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons.
(Neither of which is true, in case any of you are American). On top of that, before the war, half of those polled in a survey said Iraqis were among the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, when none actually were. I'm wondering whether the title of the article is a coincidental or conscious reference to Dr. Strangelove.

Update: That's 22% of Americans believe Saddam used WMD during this war. As someone pointed out via e-mail, Saddam did indeed use chemical weapons against the Kurds, and possibly at other times. But he didn't use any during this war.