Saturday, July 04, 2009

Godwin Saturday

Why not? Let's juxtapose:

Projected costs of our war in Afghanistan 2009-2011 (bypassing the military censors and going straight to the newspapers): $2.981 billion.

Library and Archives Canada freezes purchases.

As Stephen Harper, taking a salute on July 1 reserved for the head of state, might opine: Wenn ich Kultur höre ... entsichere ich meinen Browning."
How soon before we see this strutting nonentity in a faux-military uniform resplendent with gold braid and a chestful of self-awarded decorations?

Back to the future? Here are points 9 and 10 from F.T. Marinetti's "Futurist Manifesto," 100 years old this year:

9. We want to glorify war - the only cure for the world - militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of the anarchists, the beautiful ideas which kill, and contempt for woman.

10. We want to demolish museums and libraries, fight morality, feminism and all opportunist and utilitarian cowardice.

Ah, well. First time as tragedy, second time as farce.

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