Thursday, December 28, 2006

bush's reading material prompts a reply

Adam Hochschild, the author of "King Leopold's Ghost," an account of how the King of Belgians raped and pillaged the region in central Africa now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (previously Zaire, previously Congo, previously Belgian Congo) for personal profit, heard de facto President Bush say he had read his book. And author Hochschild, in a cheeky open letter to President Bush that was published in the Los Angeles Times, asks the President if he sees the parallels between Leopold in Africa, and Bush in Iraq. Plunder, profit, important commodities (then rubber, now oil), deaths of locals, torture camps, rapacious corporations, etc.

After reading this rebuttal*, Bush may wish he had been reading a different book.

*which I know of course he won't, since this particular clip won't be included in his reading file, and we know that as Bush himself said, he doesn't read the newspapers.


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