Pinter: Torture and misery in name of freedom

article in Independent by Harold Pinter who yesterday won the Nobel Prize for Literature

His views about Iraqi war are contraversial but anyway it is a good food for discussion.

A bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of International Law. 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 upon thousands of innocent people
We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery and degradation to the Iraqi people and call it " bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East". But, as we all know, we have not been welcomed with the predicted flowers. What we have unleashed is a ferocious and unremitting resistance, mayhem and chaos.
President Bush himself answered this question when he said: "We cannot accept that there can be free democratic elections in a country under foreign military occupation". I had to read that statement twice before I realised that he was talking about Lebanon and Syria.
What do Bush and Blair actually see when they look at themselves in the mirror?
I suppose that they see (at least one of them) a well educated, intelligent person who has the most noble intentions.


They see what they want to see, nothing more!
I don't generally agree with Pinter but he's pretty much on the ball here I think.
Vonshot said:
Tosser, we dont ask politicians on their opinions of theatre
I agree whole heartedly. When are these people going to learn that just because their name is up in lights it doesn't make them the Delphic Oracle and general fount of all knowledge? Of course he's entitled to an opinion - however there's no reason why it should be given any more attention than the ramblings of any other old git.

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