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Islamist Terrorists Attack Major Pakistani Air Base

NEW YORK TIMES, CNN (USA), THE TELEGRAPH (UK), AL JAZEERA (Qatar)

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ISLAMABAD - At least nine men, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, stormed an air force base in the early hours of Thursday in Kamra, about 80 kilometres northwest of Islamabad, reports Al Jazeera.

According to a military spokesperson, the eight attackers were killed in a firefight with security forces that lasted several hours. The ninth attacker died by detonating his suicide vest outside the perimeter of the base, adds Al Jazeera.

One Pakistani soldier was killed in the exchange of gunfire, reports Al Jazeera. Four airmen were wounded in the attack, reports CNN.

The Pakistani Taliban organization, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The U.S., UK and Canadian governements consider the group as a terrorist organization. It has strong ties to al-Qaeda.

The Minhas air base in Kamra is thought to be one of the possible locations where part of Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile is stored, reports The New York Times. One transport airplane was damaged in the assault.

The attack came only a few hours after Pakistan announced plans to launch an operation in the militant region of North Waziristan, in the tribal belt, as requested by the U.S.

The assault is the third on the air base since 2007 reports The Telegraph. The base was struck by a suicide bomber in December 2007 and again in August 2009 killing eight people, including two soldiers.

This is the largest attack on Pakistan’s military since May 2011 when terrorists struck a naval base in Karachi, killing 10 people and wounding 20 to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden.

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The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, VerĂłnica Alcocer.

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Good intentions are part of the formula

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CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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