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9/11: The algebra of infinite justice by Arundhati Roy

 

 As the US prepares to wage a new kind of war, Arundhati Roy challenges the instinct for vengeance

 Arundhati Roy

The Guardian, Saturday 29 September 2001

In the aftermath of the unconscionable September 11 suicide attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre, an American newscaster said: “Good and evil rarely manifest themselves as clearly as they did last Tuesday. People who we don’t know massacred people who we do. And they did so with contemptuous glee.” Then he broke down and wept.

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OMNI-TV file (September): 9/11 tenth anniversary — What did we learn? Zilch…; Stephen Harper disses Muslims, again; Gaddhafi and his colonial ‘friends'; Jack Layton…; School prayer capers in Toronto

9/11: the tenth anniversary — what did we learn? ZILCH…

 

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the horrific tragedy known as 9/11, have we learned anything from this? – other than clichéd headlines: in the shadow of ground zero, hallowed ground, confronting Islamic jihad, America’s real war – heart rending tales of victims and families – TV shows about a tragedy that changed the world forever – a theme that allowed the September 11, 2001 -- photo montageUS to invade Afghanistan and radicalize a Muslim world already convinced that America and its NATO allies were out to destroy Islam – to invade Iraq on falsified information and commit horrific war crimes – to continue using its drones to kill people it identifies as al-Qaida terrorists and with them, hundreds of innocent Muslims who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – 3000 people died in 9/11, but when did you last read about how many have died in Iraq? – According to Information Clearinghouse, a news aggregator, almost one and a half million Iraqi men, women and children have been killed – and then there is the theme about the 19 terrorists behind nine eleven driven by a crazed Islamic ideology which needs to be fought worldwide – but can we simply write off nine eleven as the work of crazy Muslims who hated everything Western? – immediately after nine eleven, Sunera Thobani, a women’s studies professor at the University of British Columbia, said that the motive may well lie in US foreign policy – her quote from Chile to El Salvador to Nicaragua to Iraq, the path of U.S. foreign-policy is soaked in blood – and let’s not forget the biggest issue that nobody brings up: America’s – and Canada’s – biased support of Israel in the Palestinian struggle for a homeland – Think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
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