By Eqbal Ahmad
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan obtained a gaggle of bearded turban-wearing males who gave the look of they got here from one other century. After receiving them within the White apartment, Reagan spoke to the click, touching on his overseas site visitors as "freedom fighters." those have been the Afghan mujahideen. In August 1998, one other American President ordered missile moves from the yankee army established within the Indian Ocean to kill Osama bin weighted down and his males within the camps in Afghanistan. The terrorist of the previous day is the hero of at the present time, and the hero of the previous day turns into the terrorist of at the present time. partially considered one of this two-part pamphlet, Eqbal Ahmad holds up the thoughts of "terrorist" and "freedom fighter," to U.S. overseas coverage. What do those phrases suggest? the place do they observe? How can the roots of political violence be stemmed? partly , David Barsamian interviews Ahmad approximately Pakistan, India, Kashmir, Afghanistan, the Taliban, Muslim Fundamentalism, and US overseas coverage. a useful primer.
PRAISE FOR EQBAL AHMAD
"[Eqbal Ahmad] used to be a shining instance of what a real internationalist may still be?Eqbal used to be at domestic within the background of the entire world?s nice civilizations. He had an encyclopdeic wisdom of states earlier and current, and he knew that states had a rightful position to play. yet he additionally knew that states existed to serve people?not the opposite direction around?and he had little to do with governments, other than as a thorn of their aspect. To acquaintances, colleagues, and scholars, in spite of the fact that, he gave unstintingly of himself and his time?His instance and his reminiscence will motivate many to hold on his work."
-Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations
"Eqbal Ahmad used to be a mess of men?scholar, activist, political analyst, instructor diplomat, visionary?but exceptionally, a foot-solider within the military of peoples everywhere."
-Race and Class
"A very committed and honorable activist, Eqbal was once correct in the midst of everything-He used to be a scholar of revolutiona nd imperialism and an excellent one."