November 9th, 2004

breaking bad

Small Things

Arundhati Roy received the Sydney Peace Prize on Sunday. Here is a link to her acceptance speech.

It is becoming more than clear that violating human rights is an inherent and necessary part of the process of implementing a coercive and unjust political and economic structure on the world. Without the violation of human rights on an enormous scale, the neo-liberal project would remain in the dreamy realm of policy. But increasingly Human Rights violations are being portrayed as the unfortunate, almost accidental fallout of an otherwise acceptable political and economic system.

If one thing annoys me more than any other on the Internet it is people from the West bleating on about how we are a beacon of freedom and democracy to the rest of the world. No we aren't, we are a load of greedy bastards who are robbing them at gun point.

The invasion of Iraq will surely go down in history as one of the most cowardly wars ever fought... it is a sign of things to come. Iraq marks the beginning of a new cycle. It offers us an opportunity to watch the Corporate-Military cabal at work... As the battle to control the world's resources intensifies, economic colonialism through formal military aggression is staging a comeback. Iraq is the logical culmination of the process of corporate globalization.

EDIT - I hope it's clear that I'm agreeing with her.