Mark Twain on Four Years of War in Iraq

“Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”

Cheap lies become “faulty intelligence” and any reasonable doubt of ensuing policy – the call for war – is ascribed as sedition, “a validation of the enemy” – nothing short of treason.

When a nation justifies immoral acts through a self-proclaimed moral justification, too easily it becomes the truth that is the enemy, and to whom treason has been committed. Self-deception on the grandest scale.

Four years later, down the rabbit hole we have ventured, and none can find a way out.

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