Thursday, August 30, 2007

Comment of the week, Oceania edition

Frequent commenter Desertman wins this Comment of the Week by demonstrating I'm not the only one who can compare Western Sahara to art. He's written a good analogy between Western Sahara and 1984, a book I must admit I've never read (shame of my life!)
In Western Sahara is like in the world of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four,
The Party which controls Oceania ( OCCUPIED WESTERN SAHARA) is split into two halves: the Inner Party (CORCAS ) and the Outer Party ( MOROCCAN AUTHORITY ). The Inner Party regulates Ingsoc.( MARROY)
The Inner Party represents the aristocratic political class (CORCAS and their associates) in Oceania (OCCUPIED WESTERN SAHARA) , and has its membership restricted to 0.000014 million individuals (about 0.0014% of the population). Inner Party members enjoy a quality of life that is much better than that of the proles ( REAL SAHARAWIS) or Outer Party members ( MOROCCAN SETTLERS) . For example,
the telescreens (two-way televisions used for propaganda and surveillance purposes LAAYOUNE TV AND 2M CHANNEL) in their homes can ( NOT) be turned off. They also have access to spacious living quarters, personal servants, convenient transportation, and relatively pleasant food and drink (in contrast to the poor quality Victory Gin and Victory Cigarettes, which were not manufactured properly, of the outer Party). Inner Party members are always identified by their black coveralls ( NOT DARAAA). Members are selected at a young age (OLD AGE – SHEIKS) according to a battery of tests ( LOYALITY TO….), and (not ) family heritage, as any loyalty to anything other than Ingsoc ) (MARROY) and Big Brother ( WE KNOW HIM …) , including the family, is strongly discouraged. Race is also of (no) importance in selecting members.
In the novel( REALITY) , O'Brien ( OULD RACHID / LAYOUNE GOVERNOR) is the only character met who is a member of the Inner Party.
In Western Sahara now
War is peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is strength
("all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"

All Saharawis in WS have to keep attention because “ big brother is watching you”
Will Desertman's latest honor mean the reappearance of Desertgirl? I hope so!


  1. Anonymous4:38 AM

    Hi Will

    Thank you for publishing this post
    “1984” is a first science fiction literature
    Majority of the scenes there is actual in WS also
    May some Moroccans and former “Polisariens” will say that also some of the scenes listed in “1984” are fit to the Polisario and the situation in the camps. Maybe but this was in 1984 and earlier not present.
    Now the situation in the refugees camps now are even more “democratic” than in the occupied WS itself. Many individuals and NGOs confirm that.

    Still waiting for Desert girl!!!


  2. Anonymous8:35 AM

    something smells fishy in here!
    it stink really bad , oh i know its ARSO flowing about again

  3. Anonymous8:50 AM

    the smell you feel is the air of freedom and freedom of speach.

    to untrained noses from totalitarian countries like Morocco it might smell fishy, but given some practice the bad sensation will pass away...

  4. Anonymous9:17 AM

    too much crap from poliarsso

  5. If ARSO smelled like fish, it would be a pleasing, lemony lobster smell.