This is Part Two of Wande magazine’s history of Kashmiri freedom fighter Maqbool Bhat:
Making this world suitable for human beings to live & love in requires young people forging uncompromising & democratic leadership. Omniscient gurus don’t cut it. Part of that process is exposing & weeding out misleaders who compromise principles to maintain their stature. The best leaders do not strive to rise above others but only to rise with the oppressed & they never sell others down the river to feather their own nests.
Given her own Assadist politics, it makes perfect sense that Rania Khalek would promote Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard’s politics incorporate all of Khalek’s capitulations, especially Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, & Zionism. Khalek hasn’t yet taken up Hindutva nationalism but if there’s a podcast in it for her, she’ll start making pilgrimages to India.
My acceptance of veterans as fellow antiwar activists may seem at odds with my opposition to the role of ‘retired’ FBI, CIA, Pentagon, & State Department officials in the antiwar movement. But the differences are considerable. Most veterans come to the antiwar movement in their youth & because of their experience with war. The ‘retired’ officials all came after their retirements with comfortable pensions & after a lifetime of service to US militarism in the ranks of its leadership.
I don’t buy the political metamorphoses of Ray McGovern, Ann Wright, Colleen Rowley, & all the rest of them & I certainly don’t think the leadership of the antiwar movement should be handed over to them when their politics are libertarian & they all support the Assad & Putin regimes. But especially since McGovern admitted in a Mother Jones interview that their organization Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity actively collaborates with active duty FBI, CIA, Pentagon, & State Department officials. Their misleadership may have everything to do with the fact that the antiwar movement which once mobilized millions now is lucky to get a few thousand out nationwide at a time when the US has wars going on in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya & is saber-rattling against Venezuela.
Call me sectarian, but I’ll be damned if I’ll march behind ‘retired’ spies & war criminals & call them my leaders.
A valuable interview on Syria with journalist Rami Jarrah & Syrian Arab Spring activists Lina Shamy & Dima Moussa:
It is estimated there are at least 5-million Syrian refugees, 6.2 million Syrians, including 2.5 million children, who are displaced within Syria, & up to 560,000 Syrians who were killed by Syrian, Russian, Israeli, Turkish, & US-coalition bombing. Will the antiwar movement led by “retired” FBI, CIA, Pentagon & State Department officials please tell us again how this is a victory for democracy rather than the slaughter of a revolution?
(Photo from February 2014 is a man with an infant saved from rubble after a Syrian regime airstrike in Aleppo, by Hosam Katan/Reuters)
The report of cultist & conspiracist Lyndon LaRouche’s death at the age of 96 may be premature since no reputable news source has reported it–or maybe they don’t want to touch it with a ten-foot pole. It also might be belated & his wife just discovered that bony crackpot sitting next to her has been dead for years.
Criticisms of AIPAC are called “anti-Semitic tropes” while vilifying Palestinians as terrorists & committing genocide against them is within the bounds of acceptable US discourse & policy.