Saturday, July 10, 2004
Nobody believes anybody, everyone is in the know. Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or of his good opinion. The lie, once a means of communication, has today become one of the techniques of insolence enabling the individual to spread around him the glacial atmosphere in whose shelter he can thrive.
--Theodor W. Adorno, Minima Moralia
The idea that the Senate has taken a hard look to find out where the intelligence-gathering services went short is good and positive. We thought there was going to be stockpiles of weapons. I thought so; the Congress thought so; the U.N. thought so. I'll tell you what we do know. Saddam Hussein had the capacity to make weapons.
--George W. Bush, July 9, 2004
The very people who burst with proofs of exuberant vitality could easily be taken for prepared corpses, from whom the news of their not-quite-successful decease has been withheld for reasons of population policy. Underlying the prevalent health is death. All the movements of health resemble the reflex-movements of beings whose hearts have stopped beating.
UPDATE: For some related ideas, see my post from last fall, Bush: I Am Shit.