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From: Imran Qureshi <qureshi () cisco com>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 15:32:41 -0700


One of our colleague posted the following article and it really shows the plight of the real afghans.

Regards,

Imran


>  > Dear Friends,
>  >   The following was sent to me by my friend Tamim Ansary. Tamim is
>an Afghani-American writer.  He is also one of the most brilliant people
>I know in this life.  When he writes, I read.  When he talks, I listen.
>Here is his take on Afghanistan and the whole mess we are in.
>  > -Gary T.
>  >
>  >
>  > Dear Gary and whoever else is on this email thread:
>  >
>  > 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.
>I speak as one who hates the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. There is no
>doubt in my mind that these people were responsible for the atrocity
>in New York. I agree that something must be done about those monsters.
>But the Taliban and Ben Laden are not Afghanistan.  They're not even
>the government of Afghanistan.  The Taliban are a cult of ignorant
>psychotics
>who took over Afghanistan in 1997. Bin Laden is a political criminal
>with a plan.  When you think Taliban, think Nazis. When you think Bin
>Laden, think Hitler. And when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think
>"the Jews in the concentration camps."   It's not only that the Afghan
>people had nothing to do with this atrocity.
>They were the first victims of the perpetrators. They would exult if
>someone would come in there, take out the Taliban and clear out the rats
>nest of international thugs holed up in their country.
>  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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