From November Newsmax magazine. "If you want to see a picture of the future of the human race, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." So wrote George Orwell, author of the genius, terrifying works about communism and socialism, 1984, Animal Farm, Homage to Catalonia, and others.
The line is said by O’Brien, the thoroughly wicked high official of the "thought police." They exist to monitor and punish acts of defying the English Socialist Party (or "Ingsoc" as it’s called in the book), and to punish with death thoughts that might be contrary to the line of Ingsoc and of its leader, the all-powerful (and probably fictitious) "Big Brother."
As Orwell explains in 1984, "Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime is death." That is how rigorous the party’s control over the people of its country (basically large parts of several continents) is in the world of 1984.
I’m thinking of this because shortly before his cruelly premature death of tuberculosis in 1949, Orwell was asked if there were anything that could be done to prevent that unspeakably awful future. "Yes," he said. "It’s simple. Don’t let it happen."
These thoughts and this world have been on my mind greatly in recent months and years as fears of North Korea, the Temple of Thoughtcrime have spread around the world.
In North Korea there really is Thoughtcrime. If the regime thinks or even guesses that one of its residents is thinking of anything at all that is not 100 percent pro-regime, it can and does arrest that person, send him or her to the death chamber (recently Kim Jong Un had his uncle bitten and torn to death by starving dogs), or else to slave labor camps.
In those camps, the men are worked to death with starvation rations. The women are raped and the children of these rapes are also made prisoners for life. This is happening right now in the same world where Kim Kardashian lives.
Moreover, this North Korea is so militarily strong, with its rockets from Russia and its nukes from Iran and Pakistan, that it is set to dominate much of the Asia Pacific region unless it is stopped by its only ally, China. A country that actually is an Orwellian slave state is poised to become a major world power — just as Stalin’s Russia (the model for Orwell), and Mao’s China did and as Hitler’s Germany, the most technologically advanced country in Europe, did.
Now, North Korea has a population of very roughly 25 million persons. Its GDP is roughly $32 billion. That means its population is far less than 10 percent of the U.S. population. And its economy is 1/600th that of the United States. Yet we allow our military to wither, do not upgrade our missiles or our nuclear warheads while North Korea’s are state of the art. We, by far the richest and most technologically advanced nation on earth, are pushed around by the nation of slaves, the beggar nation that is North Korea.
How can our leaders possibly be this incompetent? Just this week, I spoke at length to a powerful GOP lawmaker about our defense situation. "Why?" I asked him, "don’t we spend whatever is necessary to defend that nation?"
He replied about waste at the Pentagon, about redundant employees at the Department of Defense, and about government budget rules that do not allow enough to be spent on defense unless there are big increases in entitlements.
"But none of that is important," I said. "If North Korea starts to bomb us because Kim Jong Un is having a bad day, who cares about Pentagon waste? We have to have a working anti-missile system. Nations and people don’t die because of busting the sequester. They die because nations are not armed properly."
How can it possibly be that our political class does not see that having the best arms money can buy, having the strongest military in the world, making sure we never have a nuclear attack on our soil is incomparably more important than slogans about stopping waste at the Pentagon? Nations do not die because they run deficits or raise taxes. They die because some enemy overwhelms them.
What would we do if North Korea invaded South Korea and Russia said they would use nukes against us if we nuked Pyongyang? What would we do if Russia took over the Baltic states, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, and dared NATO to do anything about it? That would be the end of NATO. What would we do if Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine?
What idiocy is keeping us from defending the greatest of man’s creations, the USA, because of concern about spending a few tens of billions or even hundreds of billions of dollars in an economy of roughly $20 trillion?
If a determined little pirate slave state like North Korea can scare us, what will we do when Russia and China are on the march? What on earth is wrong with us? Did we learn nothing from being ill prepared for World War II and Korea? This time there will be no Royal Air Force or Red Army to save us.
What happened to Mr Trump’s promise to rebuild the military? Aside from a few brave souls like Lindsay Graham, who in government really cares about defending America from the people who would impose Thoughtcrime penalties on the whole human race? "Don’t let it happen," said Orwell. We’re not listening.
Ben Stein is a writer, actor, and lawyer who served as a speechwriter in the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal unfolded. He began his unlikely road to stardom when director John Hughes as the numbingly dull economics teacher in the urban comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Read more more reports from Ben Stein — Click Here Now.
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