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by and large, this was terror directed extremely selectively against oppressive and external village officials.

[cough] Uh, look, the burning of Joan of Arc was selective.

Pardon? The burning of Joan of Arc was selective, too. But I think one is… It was, it was intended to establish a universal point. It was the… Eichman was selective.

It was intended to… Well, but you see there is a very big, I think, see, if you want… Uh, personally, I’m against all forms of terror, no question,

Mm-hmm, mm-hmm.

but if you want to understand the Vietcong situation, then let’s recognize a very great distinction, at least I recog-, let’s see what the point of the political terror was. See, after all, there were during that period there were about nine or ten thousand, uh, according to American sources, there were maybe nine or ten thousand village officials of one sort or another, uh, killed by the Vietcong, largely with the support of the villages. That’s what, 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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