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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Monday, November 21, 2005

Kurt Vonnegut Down Under, His Mind Elsewhere

Kurt Vonnegut, author of the 1969 anti-war classic Slaughterhouse Five, made provocative remarks, praising terrorists as "very brave people" and used drug culture slang to describe the "amazing high" suicide bombers must feel before blowing themselves up during an interview in New York for his new book, Man Without a Country, a collection of writings critical of US President George W. Bush.
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Discussing his views with The Weekend Australian, Vonnegut said it was "sweet and honourable" to die for what you believe in, and rejected the idea that terrorists were motivated by twisted religious beliefs.
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"They are dying for their own self-respect," he said. "It's a terrible thing to deprive someone of their self-respect. It's like your culture is nothing, your race is nothing, you're nothing."
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In 2002, Vonnegut was widely criticised for saying there was too much talk about the 9/11 attacks and not enough about "the crooks on Wall Street and in big corporations", whose conduct had been more destructive.
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The following year he wrote that the US was hated around the world "because our corporations have been the principal deliverers and imposers of new technologies and economic schemes that have wrecked the self-respect, the cultures of men, women and children in so many other societies".
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The Attic would like to know if Mr. Vonnegut, in his hatred for corporate America, has donated the millions of dollars on book sales and lived in squalor during his lifetime? And for his disdain for technology, does he blame American innovation for providing suidcide bombers instructions off the Internet on how to make explosive devices meant to kill innocent people?
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Possibly it's like the reporter states in his article....'Vonnegut's latest comments are likely to make many people wonder if old age has finally caught up with a grand old man of American letters.'

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