Kurt Vonnegut: truly pro-terrorist

This is absolutely bizarre:

ONE of the greatest living US writers has praised terrorists as “very brave people” and used drug culture slang to describe the “amazing high” suicide bombers must feel before blowing themselves up.

Kurt Vonnegut, author of the 1969 anti-war classic Slaughterhouse Five, made the provocative remarks during an interview in New York for his new book, Man Without a Country, a collection of writings critical of US President George W. Bush.

Vonnegut, 83, has been a strong opponent of Mr Bush and the US-led war in Iraq, but until now has stopped short of defending terrorism.

But in discussing his views with The Weekend Australian, Vonnegut said it was “sweet and honourable” to die for what you believe in, and rejected the idea that terrorists were motivated by twisted religious beliefs.

“They are dying for their own self-respect,” he said. “It’s a terrible thing to deprive someone of their self-respect. It’s like your culture is nothing, your race is nothing, you’re nothing.”

Asked if he thought of terrorists as soldiers, Vonnegut, a decorated World War II veteran, said: “I regard them as very brave people, yes.”

He equated the actions of suicide bombers with US president Harry Truman’s 1945 decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

On the Iraq war, he said: “What George Bush and his gang did not realise was that people fight back.”

What on earth? Mr. Vonnegut is a WWII veteran. Am I missing something here? I mean, I know he’s been decidedly anti-Bush from the word go, but this is taking it too far.

Hat tip: Little Green Footballs

More comments via Western Resistance:

Why is anybody surprised by his unhinged comments? His comments are perfectly consistent with his hatred of Capitalism in general and the United States in particular. There is nothing new here really. Just the same-old treasonous sentiments Mr. Vonnegut has felt for so long.

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