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Posted January 7, 2002

Indian Apartheid

[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of January 2, "India's Terrorist Minister":]

Great editorial on India...

India remains a caste-/varna- (varna translates literally from Sanskrit as "color") based society and the major human rights violator in the world. The government refuses to enforce the constitution, which, by the way, was written by an US-educated untouchable or dalit named B.R. Ambedkar, and is "terrorist" in many, many ways. You should do something on this "largest democracy in the world" and its inhuman caste system.

The dalits call it Apartheid in India and it is going to be the major human rights struggle of the 21st century, with almost 800 million bahujans, or indigenous people, suffering incredibly.

~ Thomas C. Mountain, Editor, Ambedkar Journal


[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of January 2, "India's Terrorist Minister":]

While I always find Justin's columns to be on target, I find myself at odds with a few of his perspectives in this column.

...I think that it is a reverse-engineered sort of mistake to link the Sanskrit swastika to fascism. Just because Hitler corrupted an ancient symbol that is thousands of years old doesn't make it permanently connected to fascism.

~ Frank Adams, Charlotte, North Carolina

The World Needs the Truth

[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of January 2, "India's Terrorist Minister":]

I read your article with great interest. The world needs the truth. Please continue, as the Zionist/Hindu lobby will lead us all to a third world war. The Israeli connection to 9/11 bombing must be exposed. The U.S. must wake up.

~ KC

Trying to Enlist America

[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of January 2, "India's Terrorist Minister":]

Whether I agree with them or not, your articles never fail to impress me. This one about India and Fernandes is no exception. I think the recent the Pakistani/Indian saber rattling has an element of irony that your article has missed. The recent escalation in Kashmir can be described as due to India and Pakistan each trying to enlist America to their side. They have this long-standing feud, and recent events provide each an opportunity to advance their cause. Pakistan has had front-row seats from which to observe America destroying Afghanistan from half way around the world. It's pretty impressive. Only a few American lives lost, but thousands of Afghanis killed and hundreds of thousands sick, starving, and wounded in refugee camps in Pakistan and elsewhere. The Pakistanis draw the not unreasonable conclusion that it is good to be America's ally. As an ally of America, they can pursue their own agenda without fear of retaliatory consequences. India has seen the American response to the terrorist attacks of September 11. The Americans have said loudly and clearly that they are at war with terrorists and those states that support terrorism. For any state that harbors terrorists, the penalty is relentless bombing until the regime collapses, and a death sentence on the leaders. That is the example the Americans have set, and to India it looks pretty good. They would like America to help, or at least not interfere, while they do this to Pakistan. The American government doesn't know which side to back. They believe in both principles. So, for now, the US is (ironically) urging restraint.

~ Doug B.

Christian Opposition

[Regarding Alan Bock's column of December 28, "The Empire Ruminates":]

I am a Christian and here is your opposition: "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." (James 1:20)

This nation should be in mourning for the killing we have conducted, righteous or no. The televised pep-rally given by George Sr. after Dessert Storm made me ashamed of America. Let's hope George Jr. doesn't feast in this victory but pays humble regard to the God that made our way of life a possibility, yea, even Jesus Christ. I appreciated your article.

~ Will B., Texas

Specific Action

[Regarding Alan Bock's column of December 28, "The Empire Ruminates":]

In his column Mr. Bock writes: "And the attacks of Sept. 11 were despicable, unprovoked by a specific US action...." Judging by Ramzi Ahmed Yousef's statement at his trial for bombing the World Trade Center in 1993, the Muslim world seems to think there is a lot of provocation, and of a very specific kind. He said to the judge (in pretty good English one might say):

"You were the first one who killed innocent people, and you are the first one who introduced this type of terrorism to the history of mankind when you dropped an atomic bomb which killed tens of thousands of women and children in Japan and when you killed over a hundred thousand people, most of them civilians, in Tokyo with fire bombings. You killed them by burning them to death. And you killed civilians in Vietnam with chemicals as with the so-called Orange agent. You killed civilians and innocent people, not soldiers, innocent people every single war you went. ... You have so-called economic embargo which kills nobody other than children and elderly people, and which other than Iraq you have been placing the economic embargo on Cuba and other countries for over 35 years...."

~ Geb S.

Dick's Scenario

[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of November 26, "It Can Happen Here":]

Thank you, Justin! As an outside observer who had always admired the United States, and who has gone through a lot of political observation at the grassroots level in South Africa as a youth and now here in Europe, I applaud warmly your observations and reservations about the Land of the Free turning into a Nazi-style dictatorship. Reading Philip K. Dick's marvelous Radio Free Albemuth, we might reasonably extrapolate from there your new Administration's likely next move: I would bet on some student demonstration – after the young folks finally get fed-up with continuing campaigns of mistakenly bombing innocent civilians – turning violent, and the presence of "terrorists" being proven among them, forcing the enactment of something like an "Anti-American Activities Act" making demonstrations illegal and their participants legally subject to arrest-without-trial. To complete Dick's scenario of a country under his so-patriotic "Ferris F. Fremont" (a thinly-disguised Richard Nixon) – who had secretly in his youth "joined the party" – one might then expect the establishment of patriotic "Neighborhood Watch" groups called "Friends of the American People" (Dick's "FAPERS"!) who report on suspected sedition directly to the Feds.

~ George P.

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