Oceana, the mythical mega-nation in Orwell/Blair’s 1984 is the result of the unification of the North American, South American and Australian continents with the United Kingdom. The UK in this instance is the center of the story and is thusly named Airstrip One. The name of the other part of Oceana eludes me for the moment, but this tidbit from Chimes of Freedom via oldepharteintraining gives us pause for concern:
In an inexorable build-up of propaganda and military encirclement prior to a first strike attack on Iran, the Bush junta, along with its London quislings, have switched their anti-Iranian propaganda from nuclear issues to accuse the Iranian government of “meddling” in Iraq and supplying Iraqi guerillas weapons with which to fight the US and British occupying troops.
The evidence for such allegations was always sketchy and reminiscent of the concocted lies about Yellowcake Uranium and WMDs, used by Bush and Blair to drag their people into a genocidal war crime against a much weaker country.
Now, an independent research organization, the British American Security Information Council, has produced its own report on the alleged involvement of Iran in Iraq.
“Whatever the true extent and nature of Iranian military action in Iraq,” the report concludes, “few independent analysts believe Tehran is playing a decisive role in the sectarian warfare and insurgency.”
Instead, the report suggests that “other, more strategic motives also lie behind the considerable US political energy being expended on highlighting the Iranian role in Iraq. Iran may present a useful scapegoat to divert the blame for failures in Iraq away from the occupying powers.”
“Recent allegations must also be considered in the context of the current crisis surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme. If Tehran can be cast as a source ofregional instability in the eyes of the international community, then the US administration’s hand will be strengthened as it seeks support for stronger measures to oppose Iranian nuclear ambitions.”
“In particular, should the administration decide to embark on a military strike – an option which it says is still ‘on the table’ – then garnering public and political support in advance would be vital. Without it, the global unpopularity for military action would likely greatly exceed the opposition to the invasion of Iraq.”
Tony Blair leaves the office of Prime Minister this summer, his successor intimates that his foreign policy will be more “Eurocentric” than Blair’s. Will this make a difference in present Anglo-Saxon expansionist policies? Or will Mr. Brown become a “poodle” to Mr. Bush and his successor?
So far Mr. Orwell (Eric Blair) has been very prescient about a US/UK alliance, if off by 24 years.
I bet he was an Oracle of Delphi in a previous life!