Arudhati Roy, known for her novel, The God of Small Things, wrote a piece, ‘The algebra of infinite justice‘ for the Guardian UK issue of September 29, 2001. (Some readers of the newspaper wrote back.)

A little over a week before, US President George W. Bush had delivered an address to a joint session of congress.

Six years on, and I wonder about the path we have taken. I wonder, sadly.


As of September 10, 2007, the US military has reported 3772 deaths since 9-11-2001 in Iraq, and its allies have reported 298. (Yahoo. Other press agency tallies vary.) US and allied deaths in Afghanistan are not included in these figures. 2,974 people died as an immediate result of the attacks on 9-11-2007. Some 27,000 US military personnel have been wounded in Iraq since the start of the war. (Iraqi Coalition Casualty Count)

Between 71,510 and 78,081 Iraqi civilians have been killed over this same period. (IraqiBodyCount)