Wednesday, October 18, 2006

...and in the darkness bind them.

Well, the wingnuts just keeping coming up with new justifications for keeping the war(s) going on. Rick Santorum likens the war in Iraq to Aragorn's attack on Mordor which detracted the Eye of Sauron from Frodo and Sam heading to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring.

His analogy and link to complete article:
Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been drawn to Iraq instead. Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic “Lord of the Rings,” to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand.

“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.

“It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S.,” Santorum continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”

Soooo... as long as we keep a war going somewhere it won't come here? That's what he gets out of The Lord of the Rings? That's just another way of saying "WAR IS PEACE". Try Orwell, not Tolkien.

A) The battle he refers to was an absolute lost cause had Sauron's power not been taken away by the just-in-time action of the hobbits. It was not something that could just be dragged out indefinitely.

B) Think about Sauron and his great centralized power, armies, intelligence, greed, world-domination aspirations, lack of concern for the environment... if I'm looking for an analogy it's more like Bush/Cheney and the PNACs.

C) A better analogy to Frodo and Sam are the handful of men with boxcutters causing great destruction within this land, starting a chain-reaction that has been crumbling our society and chipping away at our freedoms. The big difference is that Frodo and Sam, along with Aragorn, etc. were good guys, and it's pretty hard to pinpoint the good guys these days. It's not them (whoever they are) and it sure the hell ain't us.

Story found via This Modern World.
Bush Sauron image found at Professor Pan.

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1 comment:

MichaelBains said...

Santorum... Sauromon... Hmmm...

Ricky boy seems to be forgettin' what was happenin' in the Shire whilst the Dark Lord drew Strider's Riders in as well.

As you say, BB: the analogy is pretty darn week regardless of which side wants to be makin' it.

Hope the Stone(rs) are totally worth your wait in line, Lady. I'll be outdoors here in C-Town for the Browns beatdown (I do be hopin'!!!) of the Broncos this afternoon and am guessin' you'll have a much warmer time of it.