Globalization and Terrorism
Since 9/11 most of the media have studiously avoided talking about the origins of terrorism. It just happens like the well-known four-letter word. The corporate networks and their overpaid talking heads mimic the Bush line: “They, the evildoers hate us.” Why? “Because of our values and freedom.” This simple formula is repeated ad nauseam even while most of the world’s media point to ample evidence that terrorism has deep roots. Since U.S.-led corporate Globalization accelerated in the 1990s the poor have gotten poorer and the rich richer. Disparities among and inside of countries have grown sharply. The train of the New World Order has left many passengers behind at the station. From Argentina and Brazil to Nigeria and India, the servant’s are stirring. They are unhappy with the master’s rules. Perhaps the definition of terrorism should include the economic variety.
Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned writer and global justice activist. The New York Times calls her, “India’s most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence.” She is the author of the novels The God of Small Things, for which she received the Booker Prize, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Her book of interviews with David Barsamian is The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile. A collection of her essays My Seditious Heart is published by Haymarket.