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The American administration is a bloodthirsty wild animal

The article is taken from an address given by Harold Pinter on receiving
an honorary degree at the University of Turin.
Daily Telegraph, December 11, 2002

The American administration is a bloodthirsty wild animal
By Harold Pinter

Earlier this year, I had a major operation for cancer. The operation and
its after effects were something of a nightmare. I felt I was a man
unable to swim bobbing about under water in a deep dark endless ocean.
But I did not drown and I am very glad to be alive.

However, I found that to emerge from a personal nightmare was to enter
an infinitely more pervasive public nightmare - the nightmare of
American hysteria, ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and belligerence; the
most powerful nation the world has ever known effectively waging war
against the rest of the world.

"If you are not with us, you are against us," President George W. Bush
has said. He has also said: "We will not allow the world's worst weapons
to remain in the hands of the world's worst leaders." Quite right. Look
in the mirror, chum. That's you.

America is at this moment developing advanced systems of "weapons of
mass destruction" and is prepared to use them where it sees fit. It has
more of them than the rest of the world put together. It has walked away
from international agreements on biological and chemical weapons,
refusing to allow inspection of its own factories. The hypocrisy behind
its public declarations and its own actions is almost a joke.
America believes that the 3,000 deaths in New York are the only deaths
that count, the only deaths that matter. They are American deaths. Other
deaths are unreal, abstract, of no consequence.

The 3,000 deaths in Afghanistan are never referred to. The hundreds of
thousands of Iraqi children dead through American and British sanctions
which have deprived them of essential medicines are never referred to.
The effect of depleted uranium, used by America in the Gulf war, is
never referred to. Radiation levels in Iraq are appallingly high. Babies
are born with no brain, no eyes, no genitals. Where they do have ears,
mouths or rectums, all that issues from these orifices is blood.
The 200,000 deaths in East Timor in 1975 brought about by the Indonesian
government but inspired and supported by America are never referred to.
The 500,000 deaths in Guatemala, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uruguay,
Argentina and Haiti, in actions supported and subsidised by America, are
never referred to.

The millions of deaths in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are no longer
referred to. The desperate plight of the Palestinian people, the central
factor in world unrest, is hardly referred to.

But what a misjudgment of the present and what a misreading of history
this is. People do not forget. They do not forget the death of their
fellows, they do not forget torture and mutilation, they do not forget
injustice, they do not forget oppression, they do not forget the
terrorism of mighty powers. They not only don't forget: they also strike
back.

The atrocity in New York was predictable and inevitable. It was an act
of retaliation against constant and systematic manifestations of state
terrorism on the part of America over many years, in all parts of the
world.

In Britain, the public is now being warned to be "vigilant" in
preparation for potential terrorist acts. The language is in itself
preposterous. How will - or can - public vigilance be embodied? Wearing
a scarf over your mouth to keep out poison gas?

However, terrorist attacks are quite likely, the inevitable result of
our Prime Minister's contemptible and shameful subservience to America.
Apparently a terrorist poison gas attack on the London Underground
system was recently prevented.

But such an act may indeed take place. Thousands of schoolchildren
travel on the Underground every day. If there is a poison gas attack
from which they die, the responsibility will rest entirely on the
shoulders of our Prime Minister. Needless to say, the Prime Minister
does not travel on the Underground himself.

The planned war against Iraq is in fact a plan for premeditated murder
of thousands of civilians in order, apparently, to rescue them from
their dictator.

America and Britain are pursuing a course that can lead only to an
escalation of violence throughout the world and finally to catastrophe.
It is obvious, however, that America is bursting at the seams to attack
Iraq.

I believe that it will do this not only to take control of Iraqi oil,
but also because the American administration is now a bloodthirsty wild
animal. Bombs are its only vocabulary. Many Americans, we know, are
horrified by the posture of their government, but seem to be helpless.
Unless Europe finds the solidarity, intelligence, courage and will to
challenge and resist American power, Europe itself will deserve
Alexander Herzen's declaration - "We are not the doctors. We are the
disease".

The article is taken from an address given by Harold Pinter on receiving
an honorary degree at the University of Turin.
believe us, Harold . . . 14.Dec.2002 19:59

US intifada

we didn't even *vote* for the fucker, he wasn't even *elected*, and now he's pResident of the Whitey House--

there are PLENTY of Americans who want to see Bu$h & Co. stopped in their tracks.

except with Homeland Security and Information Awareness, any of our own American lives can be put on hold (or terminated) indiscriminately, just for speaking out against this "government" . . .

perhaps the Kissinger/Mitchell resignations from the 9.11 commission are a positive sign . . . i can only envision a gradual snowballing of investigative media awareness, coupled with a few John Dean-esque characters who open their mouths . . .

and then we've got a mountain range to make Watergate look like a mole hill.
believe us, Harold . . .
believe us, Harold . . .

minor thoughts 14.Dec.2002 23:09

Sheepdog

Life Imprisonment without possibility of parole. Then we sweep these bloodsucking weasels out (deportation for the correct criminals, this time) put a pinch-choke chain on the corporations and attend to some real problems.
We got a big global problem coming up. It's us and the food supply. And that's one we know is coming up. There are more; Geological, Extra terrestrial. Meteorological, Ecological and Biological threats, all very real and catastrophic.
Do we want to organize and survive or quarrel with ourselves?
Do we want to limit the gene pool to white blue eyed supermen or
to a mix of races possessing varied survival traits?
Silly Humans.

is that BUSH DID IT billboard real? 15.Dec.2002 03:40

George Orwell

I'd like to think that Viacom (#2 in the billboard market, at least by my memory of data from a few years ago) would take money and be willing to put up a billboard like that. Is it for real? Anyone have an ability to document it better?

Orwell, you'd *better believe* it's real 15.Dec.2002 14:16

us intifada

These are photographs of an actual sign. They are NOT photo-manipulations.

The sign was put up on the corner of 9th Ave. and 5th Street in South West Calgary on Wednesday, November 13, 2002 and removed Thursday, November 21.

This was done by a Canadian group called SIGA (Soldier's In God's Army)  http://www.sigacanada.com/frontpage/aboutus/about.htm

SIGA was designed to be a network of Christian activists working for peace and fighting the New World Order.

The organization was created in response to the "terrorist" attacks of September 11, 2001 and the so called "War on Terror" which has followed.

We felt that Christians needed to be made aware that 9-11 was a grand deception and part of a bigger problem facing mankind.

 http://www.sigacanada.com/frontpage/politicalart/BushDidItSign/BushDidIT.htm
here is a complete website address with many more pictures of the billboard, and its story.