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but, at the same time recall there were perhaps a hundred and sixty thousand Vietnamese, if we accept Bernard Fall’s figures again, killed by the Saigon government and the Americans. This is prior to nineteen sixty-five. That was a very different kind of terror, both in quantity and also in its political content.

Yeh, I know, but if, if, the, look, it seems to me that you are, uh, attempting here to match up things which are not, uh, uh, uh which are not, uh, equal.

Mmm, uh, nine-thousand and a hundred and sixty thousand are by no means equal, nor is it, uh, the political point.

Sh, sh, sure. No, I, I, I didn’t say that. Yeh, well, let me repeat my answer. My point is that, uh, one presumably distinguishes between an act of terror-tive, terrorism, which you called “depraved” a moment ago, uh, and a, uh, uh, a military action.

But what you described, the burning of a village, is depraved.

Yeh, a military action, which is equally part of a military operation. What, well let me finish my example. Yeh.

Which is even more depraved, for example… Well, uh, uh, uh, let me give you some examples of what I consider depraved.

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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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