Here are several prophetic statements on the War on Terror from George Orwell:

“The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous…. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects, and its object is not victory… but to keep the very structure of society intact…. The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent…. The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture…. It helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair.”