Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

by Stephen Hewitt, 25 January 2003

"We fight the terrorists and we fight all of those who give them aid. America has a message for the nations of the world: If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. (Applause.) If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. (Applause.) If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you're a terrorist, and you will be held accountable by the United States and our friends. (Applause.)"

- George Bush junior, "President"* of the United States, 21 November 2001

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be Master - that's all."

- Alice Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll


*For a rehearsal of the reasons why George Bush is not the president of the United States, see Democracy for sale Greg Palast, 23 March 2002 and