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"Brutality smeared in peanut butter"

by Arundhati Roy Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001 at 9:25 PM

The great Indian author of THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS and the recent essay THE ALGEBRA OF INFINITE JUSTICE analyzes the economic and political forces driving the Bush administration's war against Afghanistan. She explains why people in the Third World are terrified of this war and explains "Why America must stop the war now."

"Brutality smeared in peanut butter"

Why America must stop the war now.

By Arundhati Roy

Tuesday October 23, 2001


As darkness deepened over Afghanistan on Sunday October 7

2001, the US government, backed by the International

Coalition Against Terror (the new, amenable surrogate

for the United Nations), launched air strikes against

Afghanistan. TV channels lingered on computer-animated

images of cruise missiles, stealth bombers, tomahawks,

"bunker-busting" missiles and Mark 82 high drag bombs.

All over the world, little boys watched goggle-eyed and

stopped clamouring for new video games.

The UN, reduced now to an ineffective acronym, wasn't even

asked to mandate the air strikes. (As Madeleine Albright

once said, "We will behave multilaterally when we can, and

unilaterally when we must.") The "evidence" against the

terrorists was shared amongst friends in the "coalition".

After conferring, they announced that it didn

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