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Breyten Breytenbach, South African Writer ( September 16, 1939 - )

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Better still - your history has shown how powerful a moral catharsis expressed through popular resistance to injustice can sometimes be; I have in mind the grassroots opposition to the Vietnam War.~Breyten Breytenbach


History War Vietnam War

Dangerous because your present Administration and its specialized agencies by all accounts know no restraint in hitting out at any perceived enemy of America, and nobody or nothing can protect one from their vindictiveness.~Breyten Breytenbach


America Enemy Nothing

I think it's an area that one writes from that is curious because it is not a clearly defined partisan one.~Breyten Breytenbach


Think Curious Because

In dancing with the enemy one follows his steps even if counting under one's breath.~Breyten Breytenbach


Enemy Steps Dancing

In reality the workings of your governing system are opaque and covert, while hiding in the chattering spotlight of an ostensible transparency, even though the ultimate objective is clear.~Breyten Breytenbach


Reality Transparency

It may be an extreme example brought about by abnormal circumstances - but the criteria of human rights kick in, surely, precisely when the conditions are extreme and the situation is abnormal.~Breyten Breytenbach


May Human Rights Situation

It would be a tragic mistake for us out here to imagine that Bush represents the hearts and the minds of the majority of your countrymen. Many of your black and other compatriots must be just as anguished as we are.~Breyten Breytenbach


Black Mistake Minds

The goal, I submit, is obvious: subjugating the world (which is barbarian, dangerous, envious and ungrateful) to US power for the sake of America's interests.~Breyten Breytenbach


Power Goal World

The predominant yardstick of your government is not human rights but national interests.~Breyten Breytenbach


Government Human Rights