Booker Prize-Winning Author Arundhati Roy Slams U.S. Invasion As Protests Intensify and U.N. Security Council Members Voice Their Opposition

March 20, 2003

Around the world, international leaders are condemning the U.S. war. Top officials from France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Greece, Malyasia, Indonesia and New Zealand are among the countries opposing the attack.

China called for an immediate halt to the attack. Indonesia requested an emergency meeting of the Security Council to stop the war. And New Zealand said it "won’t assist in a baseless war."

Hours before the bombs fell, chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said it was regrettable that war would soon begin. He reported to the Security Council that Iraqi disarmament of weapons could have been verified in a matter of months.

Then individual countries had the chance to respond. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer opened the debate, saying his country "emphatically rejects the impending war." He said, "Why should we now–especially now–abandon our plan to disarm Iraq with peaceful means?"

  • Arundhati Roy, acclaimed Indian author speaking to us from New Delhi. She is author of several books, including ??The God of Small Things, ??Power Politics, and most recently, ??War Talk.
  • Retired Iraqi official, speaking from his home in Baghdad.
  • United Nations Security Council members on US plans to attack Iraq, March 19, 2003: Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin of France, Farouk Al-Shara’, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Syria, Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, Ambassador Gabriel Valdés of Chile, Permanent Representative Wang Yingfan of China, Foreign Minister François Lonseny Fall of Guinea, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov of Russia.
  • John Gilbert, union member in Italy who went on strike today.