12/10/2005

Harold Pinter, Anti-American

Harold Pinter's Nobel acceptance speech will no doubt fuel arguments by the right wing that the Literature prize is given to radical leftists so they can have a bully pulpit from which to sling rhetorical turds at America. That's probably not the case, but, hey, if the shoe fits....

In any event, Pinter did not disappoint:

"You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis."

And, as they say, the money quote:

"The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public; an act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East masquerading – as a last resort – all other justifications having failed to justify themselves – as liberation. A formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people.

"We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'."

George W. Bush has millions of supporters in this country. You can hear it in every justification for the carnage we impose daily on the people of Iraq.

"It's the terrorists who are doing most of the killing", as if we had nothing to do with their being there in the first place.

Or "Twenty-five million people have been liberated", as if our form of "liberation"--car bombings, kidnappings, beheadings, military occupation--none of which existed under Saddam Hussein--to say nothing of the devastation of the physical infrastructure of the country--is the kind of "liberation" the citizens of Iraq had in mind when Bush sent in the Marines.

"No attacks on the U.S. since nine-eleven". Well, I guess they got that one right. Of course, the "flypaper" strategy--inciting ultra-violence in Iraq so we don't have to suffer it here--happens to be one of the more morally repugnant doctrines to come out of our government in a long time, which is really saying something.

Where is our national conscience?

Hypnosis, indeed.

2 Comments:

Blogger Robot Buddha said...

Well said. I just saw your post on Richard Prior dying--another truth teller. We need more.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Robot Buddha said...

Well said. I just saw on your post that Richard Pryor is dead--another Truth teller. We need more.

3:05 PM  

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