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venerable Arundhati Roy - pride of India!

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In stark contrast to what Mr. Barun said about India and how the largest
democracy chose all the wrong allies, etc. here is a much deeper and
more intelligent analysis by an eloquent writer named Ms. Arundhati
Roy.  She wrote a much bigger article on this and I am only posting a
portion of it here.

Vamsi M.
For strategic, military and economic reasons, it is vital for the US
government to persuade its public that their commitment to freedom and
democracy and the American Way of Life is under attack. In the current
atmosphere of grief, outrage and anger, it's an easy notion to peddle.
However, if that were true, it's reasonable to wonder why the symbols of
America's economic and military dominance - the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon - were chosen as the targets of the attacks. Why not the
Statue of Liberty? Could it be that the stygian anger that led to the
attacks has its taproot not in American freedom and democracy, but in
the US government's record of commitment and support to exactly the
opposite things - to military and economic terrorism, insurgency,
military dictatorship, religious bigotry and unimaginable genocide
(outside America)? It must be hard for ordinary Americans, so recently
bereaved, to look up at the world with their eyes full of tears and !
encounter what might appear to them to be indifference. It isn't
indifference. It's just augury. An absence of surprise. The tired wisdom
of knowing that what goes around eventually comes around. American
people ought to know that it is not them but their government's policies
that are so hated.

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