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You can’t just start the clock on 9/11 and forget 50 years of unjust oppressive Western foreign policies in the Middle East.
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Medhi Hasan

Thank God someone finally said this. I’m sick of mentioning that Western imperialism in the Middle East fuels more terrorism than religion or anything else only for people to respond “They attacked us first!”

In 1953 the UK & the U.S. staged a coup of the democratically elected leader of Iran and installed a dictator who was more to their liking. Today they uses ‘humanitarian intervention’ as justification for its wars yet continues to support brutal dictators (such as in Saudi Arabia) where it suits them better to do so. The illegal Iraq war devasted the country and has left it more succeptible to terrorism than ever before. Palestine has been occupied for decades. The list of imperial Western policies in the Middle East could go on and on and there’s no end in sight to the meddling.

9/11 was not only only a result religious extremism and don’t believe the old lie - "they hate our freedoms” - even for a fucking second.Terrorism is often politically motivated and anyone who is serious about preventing it had better take some fucking notice of this fact.

Iranian resistance in Khoramsharr.

The Iran-Iraq war is one of the most widely forgotten major conflicts of recent years. 8 years of war 1980 to 1988 claimed the lives of almost a million people.

The Iran-Iraq war was especially brutal because of the barbaric tactics used by both side. The war rapidly descended into a stalemate and commanders began to use tactics extremely similar to those used in the great war.

Trenches, barbed wire, bayonet charges, human wave attacks, chemical and biological weapons, suicide charges and huge artillery barrages were all commonly used.

I went out like a sleepwalker. Aroused by nightmares. I began searching for my homeland, in all continents, on earth and in heaven. Praying. Reciting every supplication. Carrying shrines. And a generation of orphaned martyrs. And a generation of veteran martyrs. And another awaiting the massacre… oh homeland of the innocent, were you for us a graveyard or a homeland? - Abd Al Latif Ataymish 

Pity the children. 

An Iraqi young boy holds a weapon from the window of a car as people gather to show readiness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militant who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities in the capital Baghdad.

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Gohar DashtiToday’s Life and War 

Artist Statement: This series emerges from my experiences of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, how this violence symbolically influences the emotional life of my generation, it gives us the fear that facing images of war on television and in the city through the walls.

This body of work represents war and its heritage how it permeates all aspects of contemporary society by depicting a couple in a fictionalized battlefield as they interact in everyday life for instance, watching television, surfing  the Internet and celebrating their wedding.

While my couple does not visibly express emotion, they nevertheless have a power of perseverance, determination and survival. I create moments that capture ongoing duality of life and war without precluding hope.

Gohar Dashti received her M.A in Photography from the Fine Art University of Tehran in 2005. She has developed a practice concerning social issues with particular references to history and culture in modern society.

*Disclaimer: I posted this back in May, but a keyword search on Tumblr revealed that there STILL hasn’t been enough love and attention shown to Dashti’s work. She deserves support for trying to bring a sense of humour to the strength and resilience with which people carry on their every-day lives during the insanity of war and occupation… ala Time That Remains

Shout-out to yourlittlearabmexican and other peeps who reblogged the original post ; )

Chris Kyle was a soldier, but he was not a hero. He did his job and unfortunately was scarred in the process, making him into a violent liar. Bragging about slaughter is disgusting, no matter who the ‘enemy’ is. During the world wars, when a pilot was shot down, the victorious plane did a maneuver to salute the enemy pilot, and if the pilot parachuted from the plane as it descended, the victor would allow the person to descend without firing shots at him. That is because soldiers are not robots, they are not killing machines, their goal should not be death and chaos, but order and peace. And why is this one soldier your hero? Because he was in a movie? Half of you people who have this burst of patriotism refuse to listen to your uncle’s war stories and see his pictures, you refuse to take a few hours to sit with a dying vet and hear about why he couldn’t sleep at night after coming home, you feel burdened by the roads being closed as the body of a soldier is driven through the streets in a hearse, but somehow a Hollywood movie makes this guy your hero? You celebrate the idea of a man wanting war, a man eager to shoot and kill ‘savages,’ but where is your anger over the 1,000,000+ innocent people killed across the region, many of which were children who were generalized as collateral damage. You celebrate the idea of a man shooting looters, but where is your anger about Katrina? Where is your outrage over police putting men in a car and setting them on fire in New Orleans? Where is your outrage over bodies floating through the streets while children stand on roofs and beg for help?

Chris Kyle wasn’t a hero in New Orleans, Jabbar Gibson was. Never heard of him? He was an 18-year-old boy with a criminal history who stole a school bus, packed it full of 70 refugees from the Super Dome, and drove them 7 hours to Texas illegally while our cowboy President was sitting on his ass. Gibson was later arrested for narcotics and is in prison in Louisiana. He is a damn hero who saved dozens of lives and our country abandoned him. You know another hero of New Orleans? General Russel L. Honoré, a man who you also have likely never heard of. When he arrived in the disaster area, he saw chaos, confusion, he saw disorganization and he knew every moment he stood silent people would die in the flood waters and heat, so he stood up straight and started shouting orders, he started yelling and cussing and he got shit done. While Bush and Blanco were fighting over procedure, he actually did his job but where is his movie? Where is the pride for him?

And the middle east is full of heroes too! 14-year-old Aitazaz Hassan Bangash tackled a suicide bomber at the front gate of his school, shielding his peers from the bomb’s explosion and saving countless lives, losing his in the process. How about Afsha Ahmed, Tahira Kazi and Hifsa Khush? These brave educators rushed from room to room hiding students as militants invaded and rampaged through the Army Public School in Peshawar. They then confronted the terrorists and were killed as their students fled. Afsha was set on fire and as she burned, she screamed to her students to run. And the young boy in Syria who pretended to be shot dead by snipers in Syria to distract them, he then rushed over to save a small girl hiding behind a destroyed car. The boy, likely 8 or 9 years old was never identified and his story remains untold.

And let’s not forget that just because someone is or was an American soldier, does not mean they are infallible and does not mean they are heroes. Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, Spc. James P. Barker, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, Pfc. Brian L. Howard, and Pfc. Steven D. Green, left their post drunken and raped a 14-year-old Iraqi girl after murdering her family. After raping her they shot the girl and set her on fire. And of course there is Staff Sgt. Robert Bales who slaughtered 16 Afghan civilians in their homes.

All of you false patriots who were filled with pride over the American Sniper are the exact reason we are in this mess. The people of Iraq, the people of Pakistan, the people of Iran and Korea, they don’t want war, they don’t want fighting, they are not savages or terrorists, they are human beings and most of them wish us no ill will. But when we drop bombs on their houses or shoot their uncle through the window while he tucks his child into bed, they have no choice but to view us in a different light. And they are not extremists, they are not militants, their anger is the same as yours was when the twin towers fell, their homes are being attacked and their children are being called collateral damage. I challenge all of you to make a friend from a country the US has fought or is fighting. Then you will view their country not as a wasteland, but as a neighbour. You will view their people not as enemies, but as victims. You will view their story as that of a human being. I challenge you to sit with your uncle and watch as he holds a picture of himself standing in Japan or Vietnam, remembering the stories of war. And I also challenge you to attend the funerals of soldiers who die from your town, to volunteer for the veteran’s Day parade, to thank them for their service and shake their wrinkled hand. Spend the money and time you would watching American Sniper to actually interact with a soldier or a person from another country. Educate yourself and stop being an ignorant and impressionable dunce who fills with pride when a gun is fired but sits idle as a casket is closed.

And if you have a problem with what I just said, read it again, and again, and again until it sinks into your brain that a movie is not reality, that you don’t actually care about people and their plights, that you would rather spend $13 on a movie ticket celebrating death than to feed a homeless veteran who was abandoned by our country and now has to choose between suicide and begging for money. And you still want to open your mouth, be prepared to get shut down because I will put you in your place.

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an iranian officer that was interviewed just hours inside the destroyed city after the chemical bombing on the kurdish city of halabja — march 16, 1988.

towards the end of the iran-iraq war, the iranians seized the city with the help with kurdish peshmerga as the kurds sided with iran through this war. saddam immediately ordered the city to be demolished, wiped off the map with the use of mustard and cyanide gas. 5,000 kurds were instantly killed by the gas with 10,000 later being affected by secondary conditions from the aftermath of the gas. the rates of cancer are the highest in halabja and it is because of this attack. the rates of heart defects and pituitary abnormalities are the highest here because of this attack. don’t think for a second that because this was 27 years ago there are no repercussions.

this was and still is the largest attack directed on a civilian population with the use of chemical weapons. the bombing of halabja was not an isolated attack. all throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and even into the 1990s, the baathist regime with saddam hussein in charge was carrying out a genocide towards the minorities of iraq, with the kurdish people as his number one target, called Anfal (”the spoils of war”), named after a chapter in the quran.

secret police littered southern kurdistan (that’s the kurdish region of iraq for all you foreigners, turkish/arab nationalists, and “politically corrects”) in search of anyone who questioned the sunni arab authority over iraq. mass graves can be found all across iraq and kurdistan, filled with the bones, clothes, and ID cards of innocents. one tribe called the barzanî in particular was singled out by the government because at the time they were considered the “warrior” tribe of kurdistan and they were also the tribe of the deceased revolutionary mustafa barzani, an ex-”ally” of saddam hussein when he was not dictator of iraq.

it has been 27 years (2015) since this gruesome attack on the kurdish people. the pain never goes away. yet, a new genocide has erupted towards the kurdish people, specifically targetting the yezidi group. what has happened to us in the past is happening again in the 21st century. do not forget about this nor about us.