How is the war like a Ping-Pong ball?I was reading the third chapter ("Spin"), and I saw this quote: "On occasions the war was like a Ping-Pong ball.  You could put fancy spin on it, you could...

How is the war like a Ping-Pong ball?

I was reading the third chapter ("Spin"), and I saw this quote:

"On occasions the war was like a Ping-Pong ball.  You could put fancy spin on it, you could make it dance."

What does O'Brien mean by this?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Just my own opinion, you'd obviously have to ask O'Brien to really know but...

The war itself may appear to be a simple thing, a white ping pong ball.  Up close and at rest it doesn't really do much, it is just there.  But if you pick it up if you bat it around, if you put your own spin on it, it can do all these amazing things and suddenly it is no longer simplistic or plain.

So too was the war.  For the men he served with it was often just there, they walked it and smelled it and bled it.  But they also tried to change it to make it more bearable.  So too others changed it to fit their agenda whether they were politicians or generals or whoever else.

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