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Thu Mar 21, 2013, 12:41 AM

Arundhati Roy on Iraq War's 10th: Bush May Be Gone, But "Psychosis" of U.S. Foreign Policy Prevails



Here is the full transcript at the Democracy Now website.

http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2013/3/18/arundhati_roy_on_iraq_wars_10th

Apart from the invented links between Iraq and al-Qaeda, we had the manufactured frenzy about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. George Bush the Lesser went to the extent—went to the extent of saying it would be suicidal for Iraq—for the U.S. not to attack Iraq. We once again witnessed the paranoia that a starved, bombed, besieged country was about to annihilate almighty America. Iraq was only the latest in a succession of countries. Earlier, there was Cuba, Nicaragua, Libya, Granada, Panama. But this time it wasn’t just your ordinary brand of friendly neighborhood frenzy. It was frenzy with a purpose. It ushered in an old doctrine in a new bottle: the doctrine of preemptive strike, also known as the United States can do whatever the hell it wants, and that’s official. The war against Iraq has been fought and won, and no weapons of mass destruction have been found, not even a little one.

....AMY GOODMAN: Do you see President Obama going in a different direction?

ARUNDHATI ROY: Of course not. I don’t see him going in a different direction at all. I mean, the real question to ask is: When was the last time the United States won a war? You know, it lost in Vietnam. It’s lost in Afghanistan. It’s lost in Iraq. And it will not be able to contain the situation. It is hemorrhaging. It is now—you know, of course you can continue with drone attacks, and you can continue these targeted killings, but on the ground, a situation is being created which no army—not America, not anybody—can control. And it’s just, you know, a combination of such foolishness, such a lack of understanding of culture in the world.

And Obama just goes on, you know, coming out with these smooth, mercurial sentences that are completely meaningless. I was—I remember when he was sworn in for the second time, and he came on stage with his daughters and his wife, and it was all really nice, and he said, you know, "Should my daughters have another dog, or should they not?" And a man who had lost his entire family in the drone attacks just a couple of weeks ago said, "What am I supposed to think? What am I supposed to think of this exhibition of love and family values and good fatherhood and good husbandhood?" I mean, we’re not morons, you know? It’s about time that we stopped acting so reasonable. I just don’t feel reasonable about this anymore.

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sabrina 1 Mar 2013 #1
madfloridian Mar 2013 #2
sabrina 1 Mar 2013 #3
madfloridian Mar 2013 #4
Hissyspit Mar 2013 #6
madfloridian Mar 2013 #9
Hissyspit Mar 2013 #7
Larry Ogg Mar 2013 #5
polly7 Mar 2013 #8
Kurovski Mar 2013 #10

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 02:02 AM

1. That last paragraph, simply heart-breaking. I know exactly what he means. What tolerant

people they are, certainly NOT as that poor man said 'morons'. I wish there was a way for those of us who abhor what is being done in our name to apologize to that poor father. The hubris of the US in general is simply appalling, and the insensitivity to other human beings is downright pathological no matter who is responsible for it.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 02:06 AM

2. Do you remember after the war started there was a website of apologies?

I don't remember the exact name, but it had the recurring words...I am sorry. There were pictures from all around the world, individuals. I think we were apologizing for Bush.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 02:13 AM

3. Yes, I remember that. Thousands of people took photos of themselves

with signs saying 'I'm sorry', apologizing to the Iraqi people for not being able to stop Bush. It was impressive. I believe the world at that time, said through the internet that they did not blame the American people.

But when Bush was elected a second time, airc, many people decided that maybe they should blame the American people after all.

Another site also apologized to the Iraqi people after Abu Ghraib. It was an interfaith group, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus etc and they were saddened by the fact that no one in the US Government had actually apologized to the Iraqi people. So they wrote a short note and stated that the Iraqi people needed an apology.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 02:35 AM

4. Yes, something like we are sorry we elected Bush..it was 2004.

Yes, that was moving.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 10:39 AM

9. Yes! Thank you. We spent hours reading that.

It meant so much after that election.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 07:28 AM

7. sorryeverybody.com:

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 06:26 AM

5. Arundhati Roy is a beacon of light and truth in a World covered in the darkness of evil...

Understanding what this evil is, and having the slim hope of putting an end to it, can only come about when enough people have a good understanding of two things. 1) The "Psychopathic influence over governments", and 2) the great mass of psychopath enablers called "Right Wing Authoritarians".

People of conscience who live a life of willful ignorance, in order to preserve their blissful ignorance, will in the end forfeit their children's future.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 09:22 AM

8. "George Bush, the Lesser"

I love Arundhati Roy.

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Response to polly7 (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 10:28 PM

10. great response to that.

A show-stopper.

May BushCo rot.

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