Pictured above is Ronald Reagan meeting with members of the Afghan Mujahideen, even comparing them to who he deemed to be the epitome of heroism, the Founding Fathers and dedicating a space shuttle to them, the latter is Osama Bin Laden plastered on a UK newspaper and labelled a hero.
Only a short twenty something years ago were these individuals regarded by Western political leaders as the beacon of the East and heroic companions in the fight against Soviet-led hegemony. These men were personally trained and bankrolled by CIA personnel for over a decade. Now, in 2014, we see Western superpowers embroiled in a multi-trillion dollar war in East/North Africa, parts of the Middle East and Central/Southern Asia, which has led to hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths, economic decline of various nations and long-term destabilization. Nothing changed about the mujahideen, who later devolved into the Taliban, nor has Al-Qaeda altered in any dramatic capacity. They still retain their core tenets. The only thing different is they no longer serve as accessories to US imperialism in the same capacity.
Too many Americans, too many Westerners and sadly even too many Muslims themselves catch a curious case of historical amnesia relating to this topic.
Its time to stop using Islam as the focal point of discussions relating to post-Cold War deployment of militant insurgency. I’m tired of the dishonesty that’s plagued so many discussions, both to blame and defend Muslims. Its been over 12 years since 9/11 and most still aren’t willing to be honest about the mechanisms that led to the event. When I see conversations about how only a small fraction of Muslims account for the Taliban or Al-Qaeda, all I see is a compromise; people yet again positioning Islam as the epicenter of the discourse, which completely misses the point and even teeters on a dangerous line of scapegoating.
As people who come from these regions deemed terrorist, we need to be wholeheartedly rejecting this line of logic. Instead of stating that only a handful of Muslims are actually terrorists, we need to eliminate Islam from the equation altogether. Because its easy for liberals to relegate and degrade complicated imperial warfare initiated by their government to basic adages about how there are bad apples in each group, but its not easy to state that “terrorism” as its largely defined amongst contemporary neoliberals, is about politics, about the interests of empire, about what there is to gain from keeping geopolitically strategic regions destabilized, about the US capitalizing on internal conflict in Central Asia and members of the mujahideen, who otherwise wouldn’t have had the mobility and expansion into various regions that they do now. Its about global superpowers exploiting political factions when it can benefit them and employment of degrading propaganda to invade the same regions when it doesn’t. Its about Western hypocrisy. That should be the rebuttal when Islam is put under scrutiny.
This is a creation of the West, nothing more. Don’t forget that and don’t allow others to either.
World’s Oldest Living Person Credits Health to Sushi and Sleep
Born on March 5, 1898, to kimono-makers in Osaka, Japan, 116-year-old Misao Okawa thanks a good night’s sleep and lots of sushi for her health, she told The Telegraph.
“Eat and sleep and you will live a long time,” she told the newspaper. “You have to learn to relax.”
There are instances of bravery ignored and obstinate, which defend themselves step by step in that fatal onslaught of necessities and turpitudes. Noble and mysterious triumphs which no eye beholds, which are requited with no renown, which are saluted with no trumpet blast. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are the fields of battle which have their heroes; obscure heroes, who are, sometimes, grander than the heroes who win renown.
Book V, Chapter I: Marius Indigent
US army doctor returns arm to Vietnamese soldier fifty years after he took it as a souvenir.
there are so many intersecting levels of fucked up here
"talking about forgiveness"
why would your even do this just keep it at this point you fucking freak
"man fuck ima do w this now"