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to people who fancy themselves as spending an equal amount of time, uh, attempting to refine their whole apparatus of moral discrimination and who come up with conclusions directly at variance with your own. Now, mmm, the reason I haven’t asked you at this moment to s- say, you know, why are we in Vietnam in the sense of all of this is because we’ve all been arguing about this for four, five, six years

Yeh. and the chances of our coming up with anything . especially new are, uh, small. Yeh, that’s one of the respects in which I think it is sort of an unarguable issue, and Yeh. you know, the issues, which, one has been over them and over them over and over. Yeh, but, th- there, there are perhaps certain, uh, aspects of the quarrel in Vietnam, uh, that, uh, touch especially on your thesis and your concern and the whole nature of it. Mm-hmm. Uh, and that is, uh, the suspicion that some people have, of a, of a double standard, of selective indignation. For instance, you refer to the “heroic”— heroic—“Vietnamese resistance to American power.” Yeh, sure. Now, I, I, I understand it. I understand enough about language to understand the use of “heroism” American Terror libretto © Jeffrey Lependorf 2008

Resistance? I think it’s absolutely heroic. I mean it’s…

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American Terror  

opera libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf based on the 1969 "Firing LIne" television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on America...

American Terror  

opera libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf based on the 1969 "Firing LIne" television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on America...

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