Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year USA!

From Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 novel, Cat's Cradle, in the chapter, 'Why Americans are Hated'

Claire Minton's letter to the Times was published during the worst of the era of Senator McCarthy, and her husband was fired twelve hours after the letter was printed.

"What was so awful about the letter?" I asked.

"The highest form of treason," said Minton, "is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do. Claire tried to make the point that American foreign policy should recognize hate rather than imagine love."

"I guess Americans are hated a lot of places."


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