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Arundhati Roy

The bombing of Afghanistan is not revenge for New York and Washington. It is yet
another act of terror against the people of the world. Each innocent person that is killed
must be added to, not set off against, the grisly toll of civilians who died in New York
and Washington.
When he announced the air strikes, President George W. Bush said, "We're a peaceful
nation." America's favorite ambassador, Tony Blair (who also holds the portfolio of
British prime minister), echoed him: "We're a peaceful people." So now we know. Pigs
are horses. Girls are boys. War is peace.
Here is a partial list of the countries that America has been at war with - overtly and
covertly - since World War II: China, Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, the Belgian
Congo, Peru, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama,
Iraq, Sudan, Yugoslavia. And now Afghanistan.
Certainly it does not tire -- this, the most free nation in the world. What freedoms does
it uphold? Within its borders, the freedoms of speech, religion, thought, of artistic
expression, food habits, sexual preferences (well, to some extent), and many other
exemplary, wonderful things. Outside its borders, the freedom to dominate, humiliate
and subjugate-usually in the service of America's real religion, the "free market." So
when the U.S. government christens a war "Operation Infinite Justice," or "Operation
Enduring Freedom," we in the Third World feel more than a tremor of fear. Because we
know that Infinite Justice for some means Infinite Injustice for others. And Enduring
Freedom for some means Enduring Subjugation for others.
Put your ear to the ground in this part of the world, and you can hear the thrumming,
the deadly drumbeat of burgeoning anger. Please. Please, stop the war now. Enough
people have died. The smart missiles are just not smart enough. They're blowing up
whole warehouses of suppressed fury.

Transcript from The 700 Club, September 13, 2001
JERRY FALWELL: And I agree totally with you that the Lord has protected us so
wonderfully these 225 years. And since 1812, this is the first time that we've been
attacked on our soil and by far the worst results. And I fear, as Donald Rumsfeld, the
Secretary of Defense, said yesterday, that this is only the beginning. And with biological
warfare available to these monsters - the Husseins, the Bin Ladens, the Arafats--what
we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact--if, in fact--God
continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what
we deserve.
PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that's my feeling. I think we've just seen the antechamber to
terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population.
JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out
successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public
square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this
because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies,
we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the
feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an
alternative lifestyle, --all of them who have tried to secularize America--I point the finger
in their face and say "you helped this happen."





To the American people, my talk to you is about the best way to avoid another
Manhattan, about the war, its reasons and its consequences. I tell you: Security is an
important element of human life and free people do not give up their security. Unlike
what Bush says that we hate freedom, let him tell us why we didnt attack Sweden, for
example.
Osama bin Laden, 10/30/2004

Rabbi Michael Lerner
We live in one world, increasingly interconnected with
everyone, and the forces that lead people to feel outrage,
anger and desperation eventually impact on our own daily
lives.
If the U.S. turns its back on global agreements to preserve
the environment, unilaterally cancels its treaties to not build
a missile defense, accelerates the processes by which a global economy has made some
people in the third world richer but many poorer, shows that it cares nothing for the
fate of refugees who have been homeless for decades, and otherwise turns its back on
ethical norms, it becomes far easier for the haters and the fundamentalists to recruit
people who are willing to kill themselves in strikes against what they perceive to be an
evil American empire represented by the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Most
Americans will feel puzzled by any reference to this "larger picture.". We have
narrowed our own attention to "getting through" or "doing well" in our own personal
lives, and who has time to focus on all the rest of this? [But] The alternatives are stark:
either start caring about the fate of everyone on this planet or be prepared for a
slippery slope toward violence that will eventually dominate our daily lives.


PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
On September 11
th
, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against
our country
The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected
by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clericsa fringe movement that
perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam. The terrorists directive commands them to kill
Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans, and make no distinction among military and
civilians, including women and children
Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what they see right here
in this chambera democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-
appointed. They hate our freedomsour freedom of religion, our freedom of speech,
our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.
They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries, such as
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They
want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa
We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous
ideologies of the 20
th
century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visionsby
abandoning every value except the will to powerthey follow the path of fascism, and
Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends:
in historys unmarked grave of discarded lies.
Pres. Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress, 9/20/2001