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Old September 18th, 2001, 12:37 AM
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An Afghan perspective

An e-mail I received with an Afghan perspective, an opinion which should not be drowned in the whole cacophony of individual interests and views. As expected the Northern Alliance want the Taliban crushed, the Taliban want recognition, Pakistan wants Kashmir resolved in its favor and so on and so forth, with everybody trying to achieve some mileage. Meanwhile is anybody really listening to the ordinary Afghani? Is anybody studying consequences? And who will have to face them?

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I've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the
Stone Age." Ronn Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would
mean killing innocent people, people who had nothing to do with this
atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept collateral damage. What
else can we do?" Minutes later I heard some TV pundit discussing
whether we "have the belly to do what must be done."
And I thought about the issues being raised especially hard because I am
from Afghanistan, and even though I've lived here for 35 years I've
never lost track of what's going on there. So I want to tell anyone who
will listen how it all looks from where I'm standing.

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Some say, why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow the Taliban? The
answer is, they're starved, exhausted, hurt, incapacitated, suffering.
A few years ago, the United Nations estimated that there are 500,000
disabled orphans in Afghanistan-a country with no economy, no food.
There are millions of widows. And the Taliban has been burying these
widows alive in mass graves. The soil is littered with land mines, the
farms were all destroyed by the Soviets. These are a few of the reasons
why the Afghan people have not overthrown the Taliban.

We come now to the question of bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone
Age. Trouble is, that's been done. The Soviets took care of it already.
Make the Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level their houses?
Done. Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done. Eradicate their
hospitals? Done. Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from
medicine and health care? Too late. Someone already did all that.
New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs. Would they at
least get the Taliban? Not likely. In today's Afghanistan, only the
Taliban eat, only they have the means to move around. They'd slip away
and hide. Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled orphans, they
don't move too fast, they don't even have wheelchairs. But flying over
Kabul and dropping bombs wouldn't really be a strike against the
criminals who did this horrific thing. Actually it would only be making
common cause with the Taliban-by raping once again the people they've
been raping all this time.


So what else is there? What can be done, then? Let me now speak with
true fear and trembling. The only way to get Bin Laden is to go in there
with ground troops. When people speak of "having the belly to do what
needs to be done" they're thinking in terms of having the belly to kill
as many as needed. Having the belly to overcome any moral qualms about
killing innocent people. Let's pull our heads out of the sand. What's
actually on the table is Americans dying. And not just because some
Americans would die fighting their way through Afghanistan to Bin
Laden's hideout. It's much bigger than that folks. Because to get any
troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go through Pakistan. Would they let
us? Not likely. The conquest of Pakistan (?!!) would have to be first. Will
other Muslim nations just stand by? You see where I'm going. We're
flirting with a world war between Islam and the West.

And guess what: that's Bin Laden's program. That's exactly what he
wants. That's why he did this. Read his speeches and statements. It's
all right there. He really believes Islam would beat the west. It might
seem ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the world into Islam
and the West, he's got a billion soldiers. If the west wreaks a
holocaust in those lands, that's a billion people with nothing left to
lose, that's even better from Bin Laden's point of view. He's probably
wrong, in the end the west would win, whatever that would mean, but the
war would last for years and millions would die, not just theirs but
ours. Who has the belly for that? Bin Laden does. Anyone else?

Tamim Ansary
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Old September 18th, 2001, 12:45 AM
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An e-mail I received with an Afghan perspective, an opinion which should not be drowned in the whole cacophony of individual interests and views. As expected the Northern Alliance want the Taliban crushed, the Taliban want recognition, Pakistan wants Kashmir resolved in its favor and so on and so forth, with everybody trying to achieve some mileage. Meanwhile is anybody really listening to the ordinary Afghani? Is anybody studying consequences? And who will have to face them?

u haven't given the source of the article pl;ease do so
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Old September 18th, 2001, 01:01 AM
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I understand the need for authentification. But I don't see how to source a forwarded open e-mail. BTW similar opinion have been voiced by exile Afghans. I do not necessarily agree with all their views but I have yet to hear their points of view on the media. That is why this e-mail seemed to be appropriate.
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dear sir or ma'am

i was not doubting the authencity i just wanted the source so that i can read more stuff there
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CN, I received the same e-mail from my husband's cousin.
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or rather to Afghanistan.
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