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and was covering what it was doing to itself and to the world with, uh, very pleasant phrases about, uh, preserving Christian values, or helping the poor benighted natives or one thing or another. Now, there are a few exceptions where there was pure predatory imperialism; no, not even any pretense of doing anything, but these are quite rare. But not all, not, not, but not all that rare.

And we’re in the main stream of imperialism.

The, uh, the, uh… Pure predatory imperialism? Sure, I think that’s right. the, the, uh, history of the Roman Empire, uh… Well, let’s take an example since the Industrial Revolution. S- since the Industrial Revolution. Well, if, You know, the history’s quite... if, if you say people were refining the art of apologetics I don’t deny it. But, uh, it is, it is also true, and I think manifestly, uh, true, uh, that uh, uh, there have been interferences with the affairs of other nations whose purposes were, in my judgment, manifestly benign. For example? Well, for ex-, for instance the Truman Doctrine.

Well, the Greeks’ was benign. I think…

Oh, I don’t think that was manifestly benign at all. That was an attempt to develop an… The Greek situation was benign? Not at all,

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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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