"that sight unprecedented in all history, a jingo with a bullet hole in him."
From "Homage to Catalonia"
The people who write that kind of stuff never fight; possibly they believe that to write it is a substitute for fighting. It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda-tours. Sometimes it is a comfort to me to think that the aeroplane is altering the conditions of war. Perhaps when the next great war comes we may see that sight unprecedented in all history, a jingo with a bullet-hole in him.
I wonder whether Orwell is more able to comment on our times than the MSM in spite of the disadvantage of having been dead for 57 years.
Update: Glenn Greenwald linked to this post !!! Welcome Greenwaldinans. I should clarify that when I called Greenwald "the Orwell of our time" I was not being sarcastic or ironic. I really believe that.