Harold Pinter's Nobel speech

‘God is good. God is great. God is good. My God is good. Bin Laden’s God is bad. His is a bad God. Saddam’s God was bad, except he didn’t have one. He was a barbarian. We are not barbarians. We don’t chop people’s heads off. We believe in freedom. So does God. I am not a barbarian. I am the democratically elected leader of a freedom-loving democracy. We are a compassionate society. We give compassionate electrocution and compassionate lethal injection. We are a great nation. I am not a dictator. He is. I am not a barbarian. He is. And he is. They all are. I possess moral authority. You see this fist? This is my moral authority. And don’t you forget it.’

more here (link to the Guardian).

this extract, of course, is not Pinter’s own conviction, but his suggested speech for G W Bush.

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  1. Saw Mr Pinter deliver this speech on Channel Four last night. The measured strength and contained fury of his delivery was quite something – especially for someone with the medical problems he has right now.

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