"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