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Monday, February 13, 2006

Jean points to a video of British soldiers brutalizing Iraqis. I'm reading Aime Cesaire's Discourse on Colonialism and so this brutality didn't surprise me. Excerpt below from p.13.

First we must study how colonization works to decivilize the colonizer, to brutalize him in the true sense of the word, to degrade him, to awaken him to buried instincts, to covetousness, violence, race hatred, and moral relativism; and we must show that each time a head is cut off or an eye put out in Vietnam and in France (and in Iraq) they accept the fact, each time a little girl is raped and in France they accept the fact, each time a Madagascan is tortured and in France they accept the fact....all these punitive expeditions that have been tolerated, all these prisoners who have been tied up and "interrogated," all these patriots who have been tortured, at the end of all the racial pride that has been encouraged, all the boastfulness that has been displayed, a poison has been instilled into the veins of Europe, and slowly but surely, the continent proceeds towards savagery.

Not much has changed since this essay was published in 1955.

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