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Picture This by Joseph Heller

Updated on February 11, 2015

Joseph Heller's Picture This is the most important novel of our time

If not actually familiar with Heller's 1961 novel Catch 22, most people are familiar with the use of the term catch-22, which has become a part of our lexicon and is used to describe a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

However, in today's world, where the narcissistic elitists of the George W. Bush administrations manufactured false "intelligence" in order to launch an unnecessary war in Iraq and where they simultaneously shattered the economy of the entire world, the lessons of his 1988 novel Picture This are far more important to learn.

"Do not make war in a hostile distant land unless you intend to live there. The people will outnumber you, your presence will be alarming, the government you install to keep order will not keep order, victory is impossible if the people keep fighting, there is only genocide to cope with determined military resistance."

from Joseph Heller's

"Picture This"

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      Bob Druwing 9 years ago from Van Nuys, CA

      Thanks Comfortdoc. I quoted that to everyone who I could, when GWB was still swearing we weren't going to war in Iraq, but who listened? Only those who already understood what I did.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      Welcome to the Imagine Peace Group. Great, inspiring beginning quote.