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uh, have contributed to the continuing bloodshed, and the sad thing about it is not only the bloodshed, but the fact that this seems to dispossess you of the power of rational obseva-… Alright, may I Sure. say something? Yeh, yeh, sure. I think that’s about five percent true, Mm-hmm. and about, or maybe ten percent true. It certainly is W- why do you give true… uh, that? May I complete a sentence? Sure. It’s perfectly true that there were areas of the world, in particular Eastern Europe, where, uh, Sta-, where Stalinist imperialism, uh, uh, very brutally, uh, took control and still maintains control, but there are also very vast areas of the world where we were doing the same thing, and, uh, there’s quite an interplay in the cold war. You see the, what you just described is a, I believe, a mythology about the cold war, which might have been tenable ten years ago, but which is quite inconsistent with contemporary scholarship. Ask a Czech. Ask, ask a Guatemalan. Ask a Dominican. Uh, re-, ask the President of the Dominican Republic; ask, uh, you know, ask a Well, uh, young person from South Vietnam. I obviously You know, ask a Thai, can’t get a word in if you can’t distinguish between the nature of our, ask a… uh, venture in Guatemala and the nature of the Soviet Union’s in Prague. 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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