The Land Of The Hypocrisy And The Home Of Ignorance Essay

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The Land of the Hypocrisy and the Home of the Ignorance
Arundhati Roy, a well-known Indian author, spoke on the issue of America’s relation with foreign countries and immigrants in her famous speech, “Come September”, about a year after the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks. Although she briefly mentions that event, she first starts out by warning the audience of the dark subjects that lie ahead of them, followed by her thesis, which states, “I believe that the accumulation of vast unfettered power by a State or a country, a corporation or an institution - or even an individual...regardless of ideology, results in excesses such as the ones I will recount here” (1).
Roy immediately afterwards jumps into a topic all Americans are familiar with: nationalism. She reminds the audience how intense some people can get about taking pride in their country, claiming that they make the general assumption that “If you’re not a Bushie you’re a Taliban. If you don’t love us, you hate us. If you’re not Good, you’re Evil. If you’re not with us, you’re with the terrorists” (2). After a while, she mentions September 11th, 2001, and how Americans are still full of sorrow after its first anniversary. But then she lists all of the horrible events that have occurred during September years and years before the attacks; from genocides to bombings, from invasions to the War Against Terror. It doesn’t affect America only, however; these events happened all over the world, in countries such as…

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