What freedoms does it [the United States] uphold? . . . Outside its borders, the freedom to dominate, humiliate, and subjugate — usually in service of America's real religion, the "free market." . . .The International Coalition Against Terrorism is largely a cabal of the richest countries in the world. Between them, they manufacture and sell almost all of the world's weapons.

They possess the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction — chemical, biological, and nuclear. They have fought the most wars, account for most of the genocide, subjugation, ethnic cleansing, and human rights violations in modern history, and have sponsored, armed, and financed untold numbers of dictators and despots. Between them, they have worshipped, almost deified, the cult of violence and war. For all its appalling sins, the Taliban just isn't in the same league.

Arundhati Roy, Power Politics