Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics by Howard Zinn

By Howard Zinn

Historian, activist, and bestselling writer Howard Zinn has been interviewed by way of David Barsamian for public radio quite a few instances during the last decade. unique Zinn is a suite in their conversations, showcasing the acclaimed writer of A People's background of the U.S. at his most tasty and provocative.

relating such various themes because the American warfare laptop, civil disobedience, the significance of reminiscence and remembering heritage, and the position of artists—from Langston Hughes to Dalton Trumbo to Bob Dylan—in relation to social swap, unique Zinn is Zinn at his irrepressible most sensible, the intense conception of a pupil whose notable wisdom and probing mind make heritage fast and appropriate for us all.

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And, as you say, most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, a country that is our ally. So this point that I just made about the media and misinformation is something that’s very, very troubling, because I believe that if the American people were really informed about what has been going on in the Middle East, if they really were informed about the 52 / original zinn history of the Middle East—and some of that history that you just supplied about the connections with al-Qaeda, with Osama bin Laden, with the Taliban—if the American people knew some of that history, if they knew how much the United States had to do with keeping Saddam Hussein in power, with giving him chemical and biological weapons in the 1980s when he was fighting against Iran, if the American people knew some of this history, we wouldn’t have this support for the war that the polls tell us a majority of the people in the United States express.

And then, of course, New Mexico is used, as you point out, as a military base and is used to construct the atomic bomb. How ironic that the United States is prepared to go to war against Iraq and bomb Iraq because Iraq may have weapons of mass destruction. We are going to use weapons of mass destruction against a country because we think it may have weapons of mass destruction. The United States has more weapons of mass destruction than anyone and has used them with more deadly effect than any other country in the world.

So the charge that we’re going to war because Hussein is a tyrant clearly doesn’t make any sense. Then there is something else to consider. If indeed Saddam Hussein is tyrannizing his people—and he is—when you make war 48 / original zinn against a tyrant, what are you doing? You are killing the victims of the tyrant. Who are the people who are dying in this war right now? They’re the ordinary people of Iraq, ordinary civilians, ordinary soldiers. By the way, I don’t make a distinction between innocent civilians and guilty soldiers.

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