November 19, 2009
Taste of war?
I'm getting more than a little tired over the fact that some people on the left -- aided, naturally, by some people on the right (with the help of agents provocateurs and trolls) -- seem hell-bent on fomenting an American Civil War.
I think people need to remember how much civil wars suck.
Take it from George Orwell, who fought alongside the Communists against Franco's Falangists.
To be marching up the street behind red flags inscribed with elevating slogans, and then to be bumped off from an upper window by some total stranger with a sub-machine-gun-- that is not my idea of a useful way to die.Fortunately, it hasn't come to that here, although the idea of engaging in pitched street battles with radical Maoists in support a cause being insinuated into the Tea Party movement is not my idea of fun.
Later, after detailing what it was like to be shot through the neck and narrowly survive (all the while being suspected by one leftist faction of belonging to a competing leftist faction), Orwell said this:
however it ends the Spanish war will turn out to have been an appalling disasterBetter to avoid appalling disasters before they happen.
Dalí's "Cannibalism in Autumn" is probably in order:
And so is one of my lifelong favorites -- "Soft Construction with Boiled Beans: Premonition of Civil War":
Not only do tastes differ, but they change over time. Orwell absolutely hated Dalí, and I can understand why. Artistic tastes aside, Orwell was a highly principled idealist, and Dali was a deranged and corrupt Monarchist. But such things are nothing to start a war over.
posted by Eric on 11.19.09 at 01:51 PM
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