March 14, 2005 by AK
The law of amalgamation
When two parties have been fighting for long enough, they come to resemble each other, sometimes to the point of becoming indistinguishable. That’s what Orwell probably assumed in conceiving 1984: WWII lasting well beyond six years. It doesn’t matter it was good guys vs. bad guys at first; eventually, all get equally bad.
Imagine that the Russian army consisted of innocent, noble youths, and Chechen militias, of uninhibited cutthroats, back in December 1994. By now, the fighting would have turned as ugly as it did. (Recall and compare the French in Algeria.) The mean, animal spirit of unbounded violence now threatens to spread to the Russian heartland.
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