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The Divine Land

Hold your nose and vote for Clinton – everything is better than Trump. It seems to be the widely accepted attitude in much of the American media landscape. The truth is that Clinton is going to continue a steady course toward a very dangerous world.

When I arrive in the United States this election year, I am turned off by the silence. I've covered four presidential campaigns, the first in 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot during the election campaign, and I saw the assailant trying to kill him. It became a kind of American baptism – especially in combination with the Chicago police's eagerness for violence during the Democratic Party conference. The great counter-revolution had begun.

Martin Luther King, the first to be assassinated that year, had been bold enough to link the suffering of African Americans to the fate of the Vietnamese people. When Janis Joplin sang "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose," she may have spoken unconsciously on behalf of millions of victims of the United States in distant lands.

"We lost 58 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died to defend your freedom. We must never forget that. " This was said by a guide from the National Parks Service when I was filming at the Lincoln Monument in Washington. . .

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pilger@nytid.no
Pilger is an award-winning journalist and author with a number of honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

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