Obama's Little Canossa
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Reality contradicts the political wishes of the Western elites. A Western government can’t censor a book like Nineteen Eighty-Four and survive the event unscathed. Orwell described a society oppressed by The Party. It is a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control. The book definitely takes place in England. The political system is called English Socialism (Ingsoc) and is under control of the privileged Inner Party elite, which persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes. The Ministry of Truth (Minitrue) is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism; in other words, it constantly rewrites history so that it will fit current reality. What can evil do? One technique is aiming the problematic content at someone else. Nineteen Eighty-Four was clearly written about England and takes place mainly in London. This is not an assumption. Orwell was explicit about this. It resembles the modern reality of Western surveillance-states. Yet, in 2006, a small book was published in the USA. It was named Finding George Orwell in Burma, and was written by Emma Larkin.
The author made an outrageous claim. She said that three of Orwell’s books, namely Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, and Burmese Days, were a trilogy describing Myanmar, a gentle country constantly vilified by the West. I commented above on the first book; the second is an imaginary tale taking place in a farm and describing the evils of Communism. It obviously cannot describe Myanmar—which was never Communist—and one of the animals in the book is a quite obvious and humorous description of Joseph Stalin. Only the third book is related to Myanmar and portrays a wonderful place. Ms. Larkin tied together all the undesirable material—undesirable to the ruling elites—and threw it at Myanmar, a country these elites despise. This was long-term propaganda; eventually Obama recognized defeat.
My first two years in exile were spent in Southeast Asia, where I visited Myanmar in several opportunities and locations. Invariably, the people there looked happier than anybody I met later in the USA, where I visited ten states from Florida to California. It was pretty obvious that despite Western media claims there wasn't an oppressive government there. Simply, it was difficult to spot any signs of a central government. The few officials I met were kind, moved without weapons, and were invariably worried about finding a proper cup of chai. Reality fits the idyllic descriptions of Orwell.
Obama Walks to Canossa
What we saw here was not a normal visit. Before it took place, President Obama eased sanctions against Myanmar. Once there, he uttered the forbidden word "Myanmar," despite not having visited the country's capital. Moreover, he praised Myanmar's policies, which had only slightly changed in recent years, and asked to make a future visit. In fact, it was a recognition of America's evils towards Myanmar during the last generation. In 1076, Pope Gregory VII attempted to enact reforms to the kings’ investiture process, but was met by much resistance from the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV. Henry renounced Gregory as pope; in return, Gregory excommunicated and deposed Henry, in the Lenten synod of 1076, at Rome. He stated that one year from that day the excommunication would become permanent and irrevocable. In fear of an attack by the threatened emperor, the pope hid in Canossa. Henry reached Canossa in the guise of a penitent, and begged for forgiveness and reinstatement in the church. After three days of waiting at the castle gates, while wearing only his penitent hair shirt and fasting, he was admitted and forgiven. This unconditional surrender is known as the Way to Canossa. Obama performed his first Little Canossa towards China.
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