The Psychopaths are trembling By Siv O’Neall

Note: revised version Oct. 20, 2010

By Siv O’Neall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
October 18, 2010

Playwright and poet Harold Pinter, in his Nobel prize acceptance speech on 7 December 2005, at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, made an unforgettable speech, fiercely condemning the Bush/Blair attack on Iraq and, in general, U.S. arrogance and lawlessness, saying “The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law”.[1]

In his speech, Pinter quotes a poem by Pablo Neruda, the Chilean leftist poet who was the Chilean consul in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.”

“…from every socket of Spain
Spain emerges
and from every dead child a rifle with eyes,
and from every crime bullets are born
which will one day find
the bull’s eye of your hearts.”

‘I’m Explaining a Few Things’[2]
– by Pablo Neruda (1936)

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