June 23, 2003

Vidal Award To one William

Vidal Award

To one William A. Cook, Professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California (no, I haven't heard of this "university" either):

"...we hear stories, even after three months in occupation, of Americans kidnapping and raping Iraqi women, the beginning perhaps of the occupier's attitude about the inferior status of the oppressed; we hear our beloved leaders decry the wily behavior of the oppressed who should be welcoming our presence, who proclaim our beneficence to those whom we have just bombed into submission; we watch in disbelief the Iraqi people, whose children are crippled because they picked up our cluster bombs thinking them toys, whose hospitals, museums, and libraries have been destroyed, whose natural resources have become the new found wealth of the western oil companies, yea, we watch them condemn us as invaders and despoilers, the newest nation to attempt to colonize their country. We have become the new Israel in the mid-east and we will suffer the same fate not only in Iraq, but also in all the haunts that we inhabit around the world, and here at home."

Note his approving quotation of NYT man Chris Hedges! Seems to have gotten his blood racing a bit...

UPDATE: Forget/not know what the Vidal award is all about? By way of explanation click here and here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader PP from, you guessed it, La Verne, California writes in:

"You will notice that my work email contains the name La Verne, which is the city I work for. The University used to be a college for the training of teachers, founded by the Brethren Church (An off shoot of the Amish). Actually, the formerly very conservative denomination is now rather "progressive." I have never heard of this Professor Cook. This is a small town so I'll ask around. Come to think of it, one of our Public Works people teaches management classes at the University. I'll ask her."

Lemme know what you hear!

Posted by Gregory at June 23, 2003 01:27 PM
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