Thursday, 20 April 2017
Merseians And Russians
When Brechdan Ironrede tells Shwylt Shipsbane that he, Brechdan, must attend a welcoming festival for the Terran delegation, Shwylt, expessing surprise and contempt, calls it one of their stupid rites and a farce. Brechdan replies that they do not know that and also that, by encouraging hopes of a settlement, he can lessen the impact of aggression elsewhere. This sounds very like Fleming's Head of SMERSH explaining the new "hard-soft" policy to his fellow Intelligence chiefs.
Brechdan's successor, Tachwyr (see here), orders the feeding of propaganda to Imperial academies, religions and media. Sickening cynicism - but Anderson's aliens merely mimic current Terrestrial practice.