". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, March 13, 2008

In Havana, A Page From the Past

In Havana, A Page From McCain's PastRestaurateur Displays Story Of Interview With POW

Pull quote of interest:

[ The Spanish-born Barral is now 79 and retains a lispy MadrileƱo accent eventhough he has lived nearly a half-century in Cuba. Barral said McCain was"boastful" during their interview and "without remorse" for any civiliandeaths that occurred "when he bombed Hanoi." McCain has a similar recollection, writing in his book that he responded, "No, I do not" whenBarral asked if he felt remorse. ]

Ay-up, in case we forget -- "BombBombBomb Iran McCain" has actually killed civilians from the air.

And doesn't care.

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