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in that way.

Sure, sure, yeh, right, yeh.

If you notice, there are a few lines, uh, below, uh, where I say, or above, where I say that quite apart from any question of politics… Right.

Now, suppose I were to write about, uh, the heroic resistance of the Nazis to the liberation army. For instance their use of torture, their use of mass reprisals. Their…

I don’t consider that heroic. Reprisals?

But why not? That means that they were doing everything…

Reprisals?

Yeh, sure. No, I don’t that “heroism”doesn’t… Why not? Yeh, but we in Vietnam

Well then, I think we do disagree on the use of the language… I’m saying that re- reprisals against…

have used, have used, uh, uh, have used, uh, fire weapons to destroy whole villages of children, that they have disemboweled mayors and so on and so forth, and hung them up and all that kind of stuff. Now this is a rare fantasy…

American Terror libretto © Jeffrey Lependorf 2008

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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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