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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Arundhati Roy Transcript

from Democracy Now

Each of the Iraqi children killed by the United States was our child.
Each prisoner tortured in Abu Ghraib was our comrade.
Each of their screams was ours.
When they were humiliated, we were humiliated.

The U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq - mostly volunteers in a poverty draft from small towns and poor urban neighborhoods - are victims just as much as the Iraqis of the same horrendous process,
which asks them to die for a victory that will never be theirs.

And this criticism regarding the two presidential candidates:
It's 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.

Delivered at the American Sociological Association Meeting in Berkeley