Browsing through what read like memos to Winston Smith from his superiors at the Ministry of Truth, I was struck by this paragraph (also highlighted by Wonkette):
Into Fallujah: It’s called Operation Vigilant Resolve and it began Monday morning (NY time) with the US and Iraqi military surrounding Fallujah. We will cover this hour by hour today, explaining repeatedly why it is happening. It won’t be long before some people start to decry the use of “excessive force.” We won’t be among that group. . . More than 600 US military dead, attacks on the UN headquarters last year, assassination of Irai officials who work with the coalition, the deaths of Spanish troops last fall, the outrage in Fallujah: whatever happens, it is richly deserved.
I don’t think it’s any exaggeration at all to call that an instance of totalitarian thinking; because the insurgents are doing evil things, and there are insurgents in Fallujah, all of the people in Fallujah “richly deserve” “whatever happens.”
Can you say “Lidice“?
And this is the semi-official news channel of the party in power.