Friday, November 25, 2005

US author lauds suicide bombers

Author Kurt Vonnegut is quoted in The Australian as approving of and praising suicide bombers. This does not surprise me as much as it surprised the reporter, who notes Vonnegut's reputation as a "peace activist." Most of the so-called peace activists and even many of the self-described pacifists often drop their pose and reveal themselves as tacit, or explicit, supporters of violence or terrorism.

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."

Asked if he thought of terrorists as soldiers, Vonnegut, a decorated World War II veteran, said: "I regard them as very brave people, yes."

The most ludicrous and offensive part of the article is at the beginning:

ONE of the greatest living US writers has praised terrorists as "very brave people"

One of the greatest living US writers? When you're sixteen years old, perhaps. Good grief.


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