[Marxism] The Road to Guantánamo

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Apr 27 11:53:45 MDT 2006

Two docudramas that address different aspects of 9/11 were included in this 
year's Tribeca Film Festival. "United 93" tells the story of the doomed 
attempt of passengers to wrest control of one of the three hijacked planes 
that day. I didn't have to watch this film in order to surmise that its 
goal is just as futile as was the passengers' that day, namely to inspire 
support for the universally discredited "war on terror."

Of far more interest was "The Road to Guantánamo," which originally 
appeared on Great Britain's Channel 4. It is a stunning artistic and 
political achievement. It tells the story of four young British citizens of 
Pakistani origin from the village of Tipton near Birmingham who were swept 
up in the US-supported Northern Alliance offensive in Afghanistan and 
charged with being members of al Qaeda. After spending two years in 
Guantánamo, they finally won their freedom and returned to England on March 
7, 2004.

In September 2001, Asif Iqbal, who was 19 at the time, traveled to Pakistan 
to get married to a woman his mother had found for him. After arriving 
there, he invited three friends to join him at the ceremony. The group 
included Monir Ali, Shafiq Rasul and Rhuhel Ahmed. For all of them 
including the groom, this was as much of a vacation as anything else. Monir 
disappeared in Afghanistan and is presumed dead. After their arrest became 
a cause célèbre, Asif, Shafiq and Rhuhel became known as the Tipton Three.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2006/04/27/the-road-to-guantanamo/



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