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Humanity through dehumanizing: Western biasness – Imran Jan

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Imran Jan |

“See, that is a drone right there”, the father pointed out to his young son inside the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. The young kid asked, “What kind of drone is that?” The father instantly replied, “It keeps our soldiers’ safe young man.” The giant-killing machines with autographs of US army soldiers over their hellfire missiles almost made me throw up. I spat at the mindset. The giant kites were an amusement to the American families that had gathered there that evening in the spring of 2014.

However, in the tribal areas of Pakistan, on the receiving end of those autographed missiles, those kites are called ‘bangana’, a symbol of instant and guaranteed death. The dead are always dehumanized as ‘suspected militants’ or terrorists to justify the drone strikes and sanitize war. There is another layer of it as well. In the United States, people have an addictive need to feel good about themselves by being convinced that others are bad.

The Vietnamese in America are openly critical of Ho Chi Minh. I met an Iraqi in Houston who had been chosen to immigrate to the US along with his family as an example of how America helps the Iraqi people.

Jason Rezaian, a Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post had been arrested by the Iranian authorities in 2014 accusing him to be an American spy and imprisoning him. He was released in 2016. Yesterday morning while driving to work, I was listening to his interview on National........

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