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 * I suggest that US foreign policy can still be defined as "kiss my ass or I'll kick your head in." But of course it doesn't put it like that. It talks of "low intensity conflict..."
What all this adds up to is a disease at the very centre of language, so that language becomes a permanent masquerade, a tapestry of lies.
o "Oh, Superman", broadcast for Opinion, Channel 4, 31 May 1990; Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics 1948-2005, rev. ed. (1998; London: Faber and Faber, 2005) 198-99.

* Praise the Lord for all good things.
We blew their balls into shards of dust,
Into shards of fucking dust.
We did it.
Now I want you to come over here and kiss me on the mouth.
o From "American Football" (1991), quoted on 329 of Michael Billington's official authorized biography, Harold Pinter, rev. ed. of The Life and Work of Harold Pinter (1996; Faber and Faber, 2007).



* The atrocity in New York was predictable and inevitable. It was an act of retaliation against constant and systematic manifestations of state terrorism on the part of the United States over many years, in all parts of the world.
I believe that it will do this not only to take control of Iraqi oil, but also because the American administration is now a blood-thirsty wild animal.
o Referring to the 9/11 attacks, in "The American administration is a bloodthirsty wild animal", The Telegraph (12 November 2002), published version of speech made upon accepting an honorary doctorate from University of Turin in 2002.

* The U.S. is really beyond reason now. It is beyond our imagining to know what they are going to do next and what they are prepared to do. There is only one comparison: Nazi Germany... Nazi Germany wanted total domination of Europe and they nearly did it. The U.S. wants total domination of the world and is about to consolidate that...
Blair sees himself as a representative of moral rectitude. He is actually a mass murderer. But we forget that — we are as much victims of delusions as Americans are.
o Speech at the National Theatre in London made on 10 June 2003, as quoted by Angelique Chrisafis and Imogen Tilden, in "Pinter Blasts 'Nazi America' and 'deluded idiot' Blair", The Guardian (11 June 2003).


* In Cuba I have always understood harsh treatment of dissenting voices as stemming from a "siege situation" imposed upon it from outside. And I believe that to a certain extent that is true.
o "Caribbean Cold War", Red Pepper (May 1996).

* I believe his arrest and detention by the international criminal tribunal is unconstitutional, and goes against Yugoslav and international law. They have no right to try him.
o On the arrest of Slobodan Milošević, as quoted by Fiachra Gibbons, in "Free Milosevic, says Pinter", The Guardian (26 July 2001).


* The government of the US has no moral authority to elect itself as the judge over human rights in Cuba, where there has not been a single case of disappearance, torture or extra-judicial execution since 1959, and where despite the economic blockade, there are levels of health, education and culture that are internationally recognised.
o Harold Pinter, et al. "Letters: Human Rights and Cuba", The Guardian (26 Mar. 2005). Pinter was a signatory.

* I tend to believe that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth.
o Pinter on Pinter in The Observer (1980)

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