Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

Days Before the Bombing, the U.S. Pulled Out of the U.N. Conference Against Racism: Aninterview with the Speaker of the South African Assembly On the South African Reaction to the Attacksand the Bush

September 20, 2001
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

Author Susan Sontag writes in the current issue of the New Yorker:

“The disconnect between last Tuesday’s monstrous dose of reality and the self-righteous drivel and outrightdeceptions being peddled by public figures and TV commentators is startling, depressing. The voices licensed tofollow the event seem to have joined together in a campaign to infantilize the public. Where is the acknowledgmentthat this was not a "cowardly" attack on "civilization" or "liberty" or "humanity" or "the free world" but an attackon the world’s self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?"She continues, "a lot of thinking needs to be done… about the ineptitude of American intelligence andcounter-intelligence, about options available to American foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, and aboutwhat constitutes a smart program of military defense..."

In addition to the issues Sontag raises, the U.S. withdrew from the U.N. conference on racism in Durban, South Africajust days before the attack.

We’re joined right now by Frene Ginwala, the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, to talk about her ownreaction to the bombing.

Guest:

  • Frene Ginwala, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.