Arundhati Roy-Quotes [EN]
“Donald Rumsfeld said that his mission in the War Against Terror was to persuade the world that Americans must be allowed to continue their way of life. […] but ‘The American Way of Life’ is simply not sustainable. Because it doesn’t acknowledge that there is a world beyond America. “
” It’s very, very important to understand that war is the result of a flawed peace, and we must understand the systems that are at work here. You know, we must understand that the resistance movement in Iraq is a resistance movement that all of us have to support, because it’s our war, too. “
” Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. “Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. “
” [The choice between John Kerry and George Bush] is not a real choice. It’s an apparent choice. Like choosing a brand of detergent. Whether you buy Ivory Snow or Tide, they’re both owned by Proctor & Gamble. “
“The world’s “freest” country has the highest number in prison.”
” Saddam Hussein is being tried as a war criminal even as we speak. But what about those who helped to install him in power, who armed him, who supported him – and who are now setting up a tribunal to try him and absolve themselves completely? And what about other accomplices of the United States in the region that have suppressed Kurdish peoples and other peoples rights…? “
“Now the ownership deeds are being signed. Iraq is no longer a country. It’s an asset.
It’s no longer ruled. It’s owned.
And it is owned for the most part by Bechtel. Maybe Halliburton and a British company or two will get a few bones. “
“”Those of us who belong to former colonies think of imperialism as rape. So you rape. Then you kill. Then you demand the right to rape the corpse. That’s usually known as necrophilia.
Extending this horrible analogy, Richard Perle said recently, “Iraqis are freer today and we are safer. Relax and enjoy it.”
A few days into the war, the news anchor Tom Brokaw said: “One of the things we don’t want to do…is to destroy the infrastructure of Iraq because in a few days we’re going to own that country.” “”