Wow, Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter isn't a big fan of the United States is he? The playwrite
turned his Nobel Prize acceptance speech on Wednesday into a furious howl of outrage against American foreign policy, saying that the United States had not only lied to justify waging war against Iraq but had also "supported and in many cases engendered every right-wing military dictatorship" in the last 50 years.Ok, Harold, our knocking Saddam Hussein out of power is in what way indicative of our supporting every right-wing military dictatorship? I can almost understand your venom at President Bush because he has at least taken his show on the road. But, how can you lambast the appeaser Jimmy Carter--he was in the last 50 years, right?
In its citation, the Swedish Academy made little mention of his political views, saying only that he is known as a "fighter for human rights" whose stands are often "seen as controversial."I cannot even begin to fathom how Pinter could be championed as a "fighter for human rights." How many times did he lift his pen in support of the hundreds of thousands who now lay in mass graves in Iraq? This is a man who is truly miserable.