Debunked: War is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous

Mick West

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The claimed quote is:

Or this longer version:

However this quote does not appear in the book (although parts are taken from the book), so where is it from?

It's actually from the film Fahrenheit 9/11, where Michael Moore says:

http://www.moviequoter.com/quote/fahrenheit-911/george-orwell-once-wrote-that-its-not-a-matter-of-whether-the-war-is-not-real-or-if-it-is-victory-is-not-possible-the-war-is-not-meant-to-be-won-it-is-meant-to-be-continuous-hierarchical-society-is-o/
Did George Orwell once write that? No, not really, this short quote is actually a contracted version of a quote from the movie 1984,

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four_(film)
So what's actually in the book? Well, it's a lot longer, basically the quote from the movies a greatly reduced paraphrasing of all of the reading Chapter III, War is Peace, from "The Book" (THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF
OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM by Emmanuel Goldstein), which happens in Chapter 9 of 1984

I've highlighted the parts from which the movie quote is made:

 
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