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ACT THREE Uh, Mi- Mister Chomsky, we were talking there about, A-, A-, American, uh, terror, and I think you make a very accurate observation, that we are responsible for what we do, but hardly responsible for what, uh, other people do, except in so far as we are in a position to influence them. That’s right. For instance, if there is a mass starvation in, uh, uh, Biafra. Even though we did not cause it, there is a sense in which we are responsible if we don’t do something to attempt to alleviate it. Now by the same token, uh, if we are prepared to agree, uh, that, uh, uh, it is not always easy to taxonomize military action into that which is terroristic and that which is purely a military operation, uh, we, we are left with, uh, uh, with, doubt, for instance, about, uh, the bombing of Germany, in nineteen forty-two forty-three forty-four.

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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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