USA: Bush persecutes Michael Moore for new film SiCKO


Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, cartoon

From British daily The Morning Star:

Depravity of neocons

(Friday 11 May 2007)

THE US Treasury Department’s legal pursuit of world-renowned film-maker Michael Moore for taking sick September 11 emergency workers to Cuba for hospital treatment illustrates the Bush administration’s depravity.

It shows clearly that the US blockade of Cuba amounts as much to a denial of US citizens’ human rights as it does for the people of Cuba.

The film-maker has been a constant thorn in the side of Mr Bush’s neoconservative regime, especially over his Fahrenheit 9/11 film, which exposed the president’s duplicity over the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

The chickenhawk president will also still remember Mr Moore’s denunciation of the Iraq invasion at the 2003 Oscars ceremony, which brought worldwide attention to the reality of widespread opposition within the US to the war, notwithstanding the best efforts of sycophantic US TV “news” stations Fox and CNN.

And he will be even more embarrassed when Mr Moore’s latest film SiCKO is shown at the Cannes Film Festival next weekend, prior to its release across the US next month.

The film will document the horror that is the health-care system in the richest country in the world.

And, worse still for the warmongering neocons in Washington, SiCKO will contrast the situation in the US with that prevailing in Cuba, a Third World country that has suffered a concentrated US blockade for nearly half a century.

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