New Page -- 15 September 2003
Arundhati Roy is an award winning novelist who in her writings and lectures examines democracy and dissent, racism and empire, as well as war and peace. She is the winner of the prestigious Booker Prize and the fairly lucrative Cultural Freedom Prize. Her new book highlights the global rise of religious and racial violence, and in the process condemns militarism and nationalism.
In her May 13, 2003 lecture, "Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)", she takes the position not as a citizen of India, but as "a subject of the American Empire." She speaks "as a slave who presumes to criticize her king."
While Ms. Arundhati is a novelist, her lecture is based on history and fact. Her lecture is a must read for anyone actually interested in the truth of hidden agendas. It's also quite entertaining.
In connection with Ms. Roy's article, it is worth noting that in a Press Conference with President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on January 31, 2003, the following exchange took place:
"THE PRIME MINISTER: Adam.
"Q One question for you both. Do you believe that there is a link between Saddam Hussein, a direct link, and the men who attacked on September the 11th?
"THE PRESIDENT: I can't make that claim.
"THE PRIME MINISTER: That answers your question. The one thing I would say, however, is I've absolutely no doubt at all that unless we deal with both of these threats, they will come together in a deadly form. Because, you know, what do we know after September the 11th? We know that these terrorists networks would use any means they can to cause maximum death and destruction. And we know also that they will do whatever they can to acquire the most deadly weaponry they can. And that's why it's important to deal with these issues together." [emphasis added]
That's in the future tense, right? Perhaps the Prime Minister was precognitive, in that by invading Iraq, Osama and Saddam now have common enemies... "up close and personal."
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