Harold Pinter Nobel acceptance speech

HAROLD PINTER, the ailing British playwright, used his Nobel prize lecture yesterday to call the invasion of Iraq “an act of blatant state terrorism” and to demand the prosecution of President Bush and Tony Blair.

In a pre-recorded broadcast in Stockholm by the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, he said: “The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law.

“How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice.”

Forbidden by doctors from going to Stockholm to receive the $1.28 million (£740,000) prize, Pinter, 75, who has been battling cancer for years, sent a video recording showing him in a wheelchair with his legs under a red blanket. His publisher will pick up the prize at a ceremony on Saturday.

You can find the full speech here: Nobel Lecture – Literature 2005

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