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T ERRY L ABAN

of human beings simply because


of their religion and race. We
wound and kill ’em and torture
’em and imprison ’em all we want.
Piece of cake.
In case you haven’t noticed,
we also dehumanize our own
soldiers, not because of their
religion or race, but because of
their low social class.
Send ’em anywhere. Make
’em do anything.
Piece of cake.
The O’Reilly Factor.
So I am a man without a
country, except for the librar-
ians and the Chicago-based
magazine you are reading, In
These Times.
Before we attacked Iraq, the
majestic New York Times guar-
anteed that there were weapons
of mass destruction there.
Albert Einstein and Mark
Twain gave up on the human
race at the end of their lives,
even though Twain hadn’t even
seen World War I. War is now
a form of TV entertainment.
And what made WWI so par-
ticularly entertaining were two

I Love You, Madame Librarian


American inventions, barbed
wire and the machine gun.
Shrapnel was invented by an
Englishman of the same name.
Don’t you wish you could have
By Kurt Vonnegut something named after you?

I,
Like my distinct betters
LIKE PROBABLY MOST cratic bullies who have tried Craig Unger, published near the Einstein and Twain, I now am
of you, have seen to remove certain books from start of this humiliating, shame- tempted to give up on people
Michael Moore’s their shelves, and have refused ful blood-soaked year. too. And, as some of you may
Fahrenheit 9/. Its to reveal to thought police the In case you haven’t noticed, know, this is not the first time
title is a parody of the names of persons who have and as a result of a shamelessly I have surrendered to a pitiless
title of Ray Bradbury’s great checked out those titles. rigged election in Florida, in war machine.
science fiction novel, Fahren- So the America I loved still ex- which thousands of African My last words? “Life is no
heit 45. This temperature 45º ists, if not in the White House or Americans were arbitrarily way to treat an animal, not
Fahrenheit, is the combustion the Supreme Court or the Senate disenfranchised, we now pres- even a mouse.”
point, incidentally, of paper, of or the House of Representatives ent ourselves to the rest of the Napalm came from Harvard.
which books are composed. The or the media. The America I love world as proud, grinning, jut- Veritas!
hero of Bradbury’s novel is a still exists at the front desks of jawed, pitiless war lovers, with Our president is a Christian?
municipal worker whose job is our public libraries. appallingly powerful weaponry So was Adolf Hitler.
burning books. And still on the subject of and unopposed. What can be said to our
And on the subject of burn- books: Our daily sources of In case you haven’t noticed, young people, now that psy-
ing books: I want to congratu- news, papers and TV, are now so we are now almost as feared and chopathic personalities, which
late librarians, not famous for craven, so unvigilant on behalf hated all over the world as the is to say persons without con-
their physical strength or their of the American people, so un- Nazis were. sciences, without a sense of pity
powerful political connec- informative, that only in books With good reason. or shame, have taken all the
tions or their great wealth, can we find out what is really In case you haven’t noticed, money in the treasuries of our
who, all over this country, have going on. I will cite an example: our unelected leaders have dehu- government and corporations
staunchly resisted anti-demo- House of Bush, House of Saud by manized millions and millions and made it all their own? ■

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