I protest Prime minister Baris Johnsons’ recent revelations with regards to British colonialism in Africa. He needs to apologize and tell the truth to his people.
By: Faheem Nazimi
16th June 20
How could you justify British Colonialism and the ensuing atrocities and barbarism that your ancestors have committed across the world including Afghanistan? The Afghans still suffer the aftermath of unjust colonially motivated whimsical exploitative, barbarous and inhumane nature of the decisions made by the British rulers in Africa as well as in this part of the world.
The crimes against humanity committed by British colonialism can neither be forgotten nor forgiven. To go to war with Afghanistan Winston Churchill wrote: “Financially it is ruinous, morally it is wicked, militarily it is an open question and politically it is a blunder.” It is high time that put your wrong right and undoes the injustice done by your grandfathers to the Afghans in the 19th Century. You have drawn a line through the heart of the Pathans/Pashtuns and arbitrarily divided the sitting room from the kitchen of the Pashtuns.
You have artificially created Pakistan for your whimsical colonial ambitions killing and displacing millions up millions of people through partition leaving permanent wounds and scars on the surface of the Indian sub-continent and its people. You are still trying to defend and justify the shameless behaviors of your far-fathers and trying to show that as if they were right despite the flaws. If you had any decency, you would apologize for the wrongdoing and cruelty and despotism of the British rulers in the 19th century that they have committed against humanity in support of slavery and colonialism.
It is still not too late and I urge you to reconsider your position and stand for the truth and humanity in the 21st century and try to put right what has been done utterly and outrageously despicably wrong by the British Empire in Afghanistan. ·It is high time that hard decisions are taken, and the historical mistake known as the Durand Line is set right. The British public is still kept in the dark and they deserve to know the untold history of what the British have done to the world.
It is in the nature of the colonial powers in the past and even at present to hide their atrocities and repression that they have committed against humanity from their own people. This was the case in the 19th century when Britain attempted to colonialize Afghanistan twice. It was during Lytton who imposed a reign of terror upon the Afghans.
Lytton relished this vindictive hostility greatly when the British forces were defeated by the Afghans who foiled their attempts to capture and defeat Afghanistan. As a result, this weak, poor, and divided country of Afghanistan was ravaged by the British through hanging and rounds of savage cruelty. Young Churchill wrote in 1897: ” We proceeded systematically village by village, and we destroyed the houses, filled up the wells, blew down the towers, cut down the great shady trees, burned the crops and broke the reservoirs in punitive devastation.” The details of British cruelty and atrocities reached London and shocked the country. As a result, Lytton the British viceroy in India was made to resign from his post. The liberal government led by Gladstone in Britain appointed Lord Rippon as the viceroy of India and his liberal cabinet decided to abandon the Forward Policy toward Afghanistan. It was then that Afghanistan, at last, took a sigh of relief.