Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
February 23, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.
x

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.






What We Do Now

Truthdig Bazaar
The Republican Playbook

The Republican Playbook

By Andy Borowitz
$16.95

more items

 
A/V Booth
Email this item Print this item

Chris Hedges: ‘The Horror, the Horror’

Posted on Jul 26, 2013
YouTube/TheRealNews

In the final installment of Chris Hedges’ appearance on “Reality Asserts Itself” with Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay, viewers ask the Truthdig columnist questions, including about the American public’s complicity in the crimes of empire, if there’s any hope for Bradley Manning and whether the U.S. or Israel will attack Iran.

To the question of the American public’s responsibility for the crimes committed in its name, Hedges said:

I would say very few Americans—and the exception would be probably those in the armed forces and those who work for contractors or the diplomatic service—actually grasp the dirty work of empire. Having spent 20 years of my life on the fringes of empire and seen how empire works, Conrad was right. It’s the horror, the horror. What is it that drones and hellfire missiles do to human bodies? Those images are rigorously censored. We never see them. We don’t understand what is done in our name. Instead, we’re fed this patriotic myth of glory and service and sacrifice and honor and heroism, terms that when you’re actually there on a battlefield become hollow if not obscene.

Watch the conversation in full below, read a transcript here, and see parts one, two, three, four, five and six if you haven’t already.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

TheRealNews:

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments
Right Top, Site wide - Care2
 
Right 3, Site wide - Exposure Dynamics
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook