Today I’ll present an interview with the acclaimed writer and director Oliver Stone that I conducted in November of 2013. Oliver Stone has written or directed over twenty full-length feature films earning a very well-respected place in the history of cinema. The second half of the program will be a celebration of the unification of the international peace movement. There is a new component to the international peace system, and that is the consensus on the demand for the abolition of war.
Welcome Oliver, thank you for being with us.
Oliver: Thank you, Blase, I’ve known you a long time.
Blase: You know, Oliver, our young men and women, if they had studied history instead of triumphalism might not have died in places where they weren’t wanted. I think your book is going to help save lives because it’s pointing up the areas that are not covered by triumphalistic high school and college history. Would you care to comment on that?
Oliver: Well, that’s part of the reason Peter Kuznick, the historian at American University, and I did this was this – my three children, I’ve looked at their high school texts and they don’t get this. They have a partial history but they don’t go indepth into the darker sides of American history, particularly since World War II.
Blase: And the question is not asked, after we study, for example – the Revolutionary War, and Howard Zinn brought this out in one of his last talks before he passed away – we didn’t say, “How could that war have been avoided?” We didn’t have the students answer that question. Instead of that, they glorified the war and he asked the same question about the Civil War and about World War II, saying these are “holy wars”, also saying that they didn’t have to happen. So, this is what we’re dealing with here.