Afghanistan and Puerto Rico

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


Afghanistan was militarily occupied by the United States (US) government (USG) for 20 years. Puerto Rico has been militarily occupied by the USG for the past 123 years. She is the oldest colony in the world.

Just like in Afghanistan, the USG illegally invaded Puerto Rico in 1898. Puerto Rico enjoyed real self-government as a province of Spain at the time (1897). Just like Afghanistan, the USG has committed a crime against humanity against Puerto Ricans.

The USG has refused to comply with the United Nations’ (UN) Charter that prohibits colonialism since 1945, and has refused to comply with 40 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.

Some believe that Puerto Ricans want Puerto Rico to become a state of the Union of the US. If that were so, the USG should, therefore, comply with the UN’s Charter and its resolutions, so that Puerto Ricans could ask, as free people, to be admitted into the Union.

The USG won’t do that, because, it knows that, Puerto Ricans would not ask to join the Union. Additionally, the USG would never accept Puerto Rico as a state, as long as Puerto Ricans are a majority in our national territory.

The USG sees Puerto Ricans as an inferior race. That is why, in the Treaty of Paris of 1898, the USG insisted that this be included. “The rights of Puerto Ricans shall be determined by the US government.” That was taken from a Supreme Court decision in which a former slave sued his former master. That decision basically said that, no black has any right that the white man has to respect.

We must resist today, tomorrow and forever to regain our sovereignty. As more and more Puerto Ricans learn our real history, that permanent resistance, like in Afghanistan, will come!  

Imperialism works the same way everywhere.

Jose M Lopez Ismael

Nací en NYC. Me mudé a Puerto Rico en el 1980 donde eventualmente me convertí en independentista al ver que PR no se administra para los boricuas. Me retiré tempranamente de la pedagogía para luchar 24/7 por la descolonización de Puerto Rico a través de marchas pacíficas anuales y empujar a la ONU hacer su trabajo. Necesitaremos un tsunami de gente protestando permanentemente para obligar a USA a cumplir con la ley internacional que prohíbe el coloniaje.

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