An article about some of leading Kashmiri freedom fighter Maqbool Bhat’s ideas, including about the government versus the people of Pakistan. One of his most powerful is: “For us, Azaadi (Independence) means not just getting rid of foreign occupation of our beloved motherland but also to remove hunger, poverty, ignorance, & disease & to overcome economic & social deprivation. One day, we shall achieve that azaadi”.
Occupation? Or more aptly called colonization?
If you send hundreds of thousands of soldiers to war, some of them are going to get killed–especially if as a matter of military policy they engage in war crimes, as do the US, Indian, Israeli, European, Burmese, & all other militaries. This orgy of international condemnations over Pulwama are exposed by the silence on massive human rights crimes against Kashmiris under occupation & the pogroms Kashmiris are now facing in India. If we want to end soldier deaths, we make no concessions to militarism & demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all foreign troops from wherever they are deployed.
If the Catholic high school student’s $250-million lawsuit against the Washington Post for a new McCarthyism & bias against Trump is not thrown out of court, we can sue the same paper, the NY Times, & for that matter the US Congress for bias toward Palestinians. Bias is the very nature of a so-called free press.