Naipaul & Co. and Quotes from the 'Civilised World'
"Make No Mistake About It!"
George Bush, US President
"The whole world has been shocked...and even parts of the uncivilized world have started to wonder whether they are on the right side." Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of State
"Kill Those Bastards!" New York Post headline
"There is only one way to begin to deal with people like this, and that is you have to kill some of them even if they are not immediately directly involved in this thing." Lawrence Eagleburger, Former Secretary of State on CNN
"There has not been enough condemnation from the Muslim world." Margaret Thatcher, Former British PM
"We should be confident of the superiority of our civilisation which...has given people widespread prosperity...and guarantees respect for human rights and religion." Silvio Berlusconi, Italian PM
"This nation is now at war. And in such an environment, domestic political dissent is immoral without a prior statement of national solidarity, a choosing of sides." Peter Beinart, Editor in Chief of The New Republic
"FORGET JUSTICE: WE WANT REVENGE! We shouldn't lollygag...Justice should not take precedence over vengeance...we should turn their country into a glowing desert." New York Post
"I say bomb the hell out of them. If there's collateral damage, so be it. They certainly found our civilians to be expendable." Sen. Zell Miller, D-Georgia
"We should give the Taliban, which protects this monster, 24-hours to clear the city of Kabul of innocent civilians and then start the process of urban renewal with high-altitude bombing. Then we should go into the interior, hunt down the desert rat and execute him and his followers on the spot. And if Saddam Hussein makes so much as a peep, do him, too." Steve Duleavy, NY Post
"When we reasonably determine our attackers' bases and camps, we must pulverize them -- minimizing but accepting the risk of collateral damage -- and act overtly or covertly to destabilize terror's national hosts. The Pentagon's rebuilt fifth side should include a new Department of Pre-emption." William Safire, New York Times columnist, who also claimed that there was a terrorist mole in the White House, relaying to the kamikaze pilots the whereabouts of the President
"America is at war and this time our land is one of the battlegrounds. The next attack will probably not be by a hijacked jet, for which we will belatedly prepare. More likely it will be a terrorist-purchased nuclear missile or a barrel of deadly germs dumped in a city's reservoir. Which poses the most pertinent question: What are we doing to protect our skies, to develop innate immunity and multivalent vaccines, and to carry the war to the enemy? Now it's our turn. Philadelphia Daily News editorial
"The people who planned Tuesday's bombings combined world-class evil with world-class genius to devastating effect. And unless we are ready to put our best minds to work combating them the World War III Manhattan project in an equally daring, unconventional and unremitting fashion, we're in trouble. Because while this may have been the first major battle of World War III, it may be the last one that involves only conventional, non-nuclear weapons." Thomas Friedman, New York Times
"The nation has been invaded by a fanatical, murderous cult. And we welcome them. We are so good and so pure we would never engage in discriminatory racial or "religious" profiling...We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." Ann Coulter
"We should now immediately begin building up our conventional military forces to prepare for what will inevitably and rapidly escalate into confrontation and quite possibly war with one or more of those powers. Congress, in fact, should immediately declare war. It does not have to name a country. It can declare war against those who have carried out yesterday's attack and against any nations that may have lent their support. A declaration of war would not be pure symbolism. It would be a sign of will and determination to see this conflict through to a satisfactory conclusion no matter how long it takes or how difficult the challenge." Robert Kagan, Washington Post
"It's very good." Benyamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister, on being asked what the attack means for relations between the US and Israel.
and Two Sermons
"The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this. And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God or successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen. Did you notice yesterday, the ACLU, and all the Christ haters, People For the American Way, NOW, etc., were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out to God in prayer and sang 'God Bless America' and said 'let the ACLU be hanged'." Rev. Jerry Falwell, Christian leader
"And we have thought that we're invulnerable. And we have been so concerned about money. We have been so concerned about material things. The interests of people are on their health and their finances, and on their pleasures and on their sexuality, and while this is going on while we're self-absorbed and the churches as well as in the population, we have allowed rampant pornography on the internet. We have allowed rampant secularism and occult, etc., to be broadcast on television. We have permitted somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 to 40 million unborn babies to be slaughtered in our society. We have a court that has essentially stuck its finger in God's eye and said we're going to legislate you out of the schools. We're going to take your commandments from off the courthouse steps in various states. We're not going to let little children read the commandments of God. We're not going to let the Bible be read, no prayer in our schools. We have insulted God at the highest levels of our government. And, then we say "why does this happen?". Well, why its happening is that God Almighty is lifting his protection from us. And once that protection is gone, we all are vulnerable because we're a free society, and we're vulnerable. We lay naked before these terrorists who have infiltrated our country. There's probably tens of thousands of them in America right now. They've been raising money. They've been preaching their hate and overseas they've been spewing out venom against the United States for years. All over the Arab world, there is venom being poured out into people's ears and minds against America. And, the only thing that's going to sustain us is the power of the Almighty God." Rev. Pat Robertson, Christian leader
Some of the quotes can be found at Alexander Cockburn's admirable Counterpunch
Naipaul & co.
"His writings reflect a deep understanding of the Indian ethos."
AB Vajpayee, Indian PM, aspiring poet
The awarding of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature to Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul is one of the many unforeseen but inevitable consequences of the September 11 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York. Sir Vidia was actually hoping to somehow sway this year's Booker Prize for his atrocious new creation 'Half a Life', and had already aimed a few shots in that direction. His rather desperate savaging of EM Forster and RK Narayan was surely meant to abort the possible commercial failure of his new release by generating controversy and public attention, but it didn't appear that this was going to impress the Booker jury very much. The suicide pilots of the September 11 however proved to be a bigger jury.
The Booker people are now an irrelevance. Sir Vidia has the attention and support of the charmed circle of literary critics like Silvio Berlusconi, Samuel Huntington, Margaret Thatcher, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and, of course, Henry Kissinger, a fellow Nobel laureate.
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