He's very frail and has cancer of the esophagus, but Harold Pinter, the British playwright and poet still had enough fire left to blast the United States for what he termed: "supporting and in many cases engendering every right-wing military dictatorship" in the last 50 years." He took the opportunity during his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize Wednesday evening to bitch slap the US for its human rights violations and the War in Iraq. His doctors forbid the 75 year old man to travel to Stockholm to receive his 1.3 million dollar check so he was seen on a large screen in a pre-recorded speech.
Mr. Pinter stated in a voice that was at times hoarse but steady nonetheless: "The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them," Mr. Pinter said. "You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis."
Mr. Pinter also took a few shots at Tony Blair. He stated that Blair and Bush should be tried before an International Court for their conspiracy regarding the reasons for the War in Iraq.
Harold Pinter is a playwright. His best known works are "The Caretaker" and "The Homecoming."