“Leila Khaled remains one of the most inspirational and influential leftist anti-imperialist women in the post-Second World War period. Leila Khaled remains active today in the leadership of the Palestinian revolution, as she is one of the central committee members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) as well as a representative of the Palestinian National Council. ”
Woman of War
“Oh those base invaders of my country, those oppressors of the best of its patriots; Should the fate of war place any of them within my power, I will instantly deliver up their throats with my knife.”
- Agustina De Aragon
As the starved and outnumbered northern Spanish city of Saragossa was being pummeled by the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte the Spanish forces because extremely demoralized and the French forces decided to lead an all out infantry assault raid. When one of the Spanish cannon crews dropped their gear and ran from the rampaging French invaders, Agustina of Aragon charged towards the abandoned gun with an entire company of rampaging French forces rapidly closing in on her position. She quickly loaded the gun and just as the French troops prepared to lunge at her with bayonets she sent forth a massive shotgun blast of metallic death into the enemy from point-blank range. When the Smoke cleared, the French troops had been reduced to dust. Augustina’s actions inspired the Spanish and the soldiers where able to push the French out of the city and lead a counterattack that would force the enemy to lift the siege.
Augustina joined an underground guerrilla movement that participated in daring raids against French supply depots and military bases, doing her part to liberate her people. After years of brutal fighting Agustina’s guerrillas were absorbed into the Free Spanish army and she was placed in command of an artillery battery. She and her men fought bravely and she was part of the forces that defeated the French army and drove them from Spain once and for all. She returned home a hero.