Friday, June 20, 2008

Black Tuesday

Originally appearing in La Jornada of Mexico, on 9/19/2001. No US publication dared run it. Many thanks to our heroic translators Greg Bresiger and Richard Wall who also brought the article to our attention. By Gore Vidal

During the last few decades there has been an implacable sanitizing of the Arab world in the American media. Given that I am a loyal American, I can’t say why this has happened, but, at the same time, it isn’t normal for us to examine the reason for these things. On the other hand, we blame others for our faults.
The Bush administration, despite its disturbing ineptitude in doing its work – except the primary task, which is to exempt the rich from taxes – has been capable of breaking treaties signed by civilized nations such as the Kyoto Protocol and a missile treaty with Russia. But the Bush administration has pillaged the Social Security Trust Fund (supposedly a trust fund). It has permitted the FBI and the CIA to operate without the least controls, and with complete the indifference of Bush, leaving in their hands the control of the last global empire, like the Wizard of Oz feigning magic tricks and hoping no one would discover him.

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