- In early October, an Afghan woman, Nurgessa, roaming
the deserted streets of Kandahar accompanied by her little boy said the
following for the 'liberation' efforts of the United States of America:
- "Last night, while we were sleeping the Americans
bombed our homes. When I woke up I saw Agha Gul [her husband] shattered
into pieces and my other two sons had their heads blown away, I screamed
for my little boy, Sa'may. Sa'may was unconscious. I ran while the bombs
were dropping. This morning I woke up with my little Sa'may looking for
grass. We have nothing left. I want to boil grass for Sa'may because he
is hungry. Sa'may's father and my other beautiful sons were all I had."
- When asked that the Americans are liberating them, she
- "Yes, the Americans killed my dear Agha Gul and
my sweet boys, that's how they liberated me. They are heartless people."
- I echo the painful cries of this and other ladies all
over Afghanistan for the tragedy the US has brought upon them. Instead
of exposing the lies of the Bush's gangsters, the coward corporate media,
Bill O'reilly's types are bragging about the 'justice' the government of
the United States has brought to the defenseless, hungry, and US-made homeless
people of this poor nation. Similarly, another Afghan lady, Nafissa, near
Kabul who had lost all the men in her life including her husband, her father
and two brothers, expressed her 'liberation' pains by American forces by
- "I lost everyone, every man in my life represented
a bone in my body, especially, my husband Rah'matullah, was my backbone
broken forever. The Americans are more cowards than were the Russians because
they [Americans] bombed us at night when we were asleep. I want you to
remember this: I will go and get married again for only one purpose to
give birth to a boy and then I will raise that boy to adulthood to fight
against the Americans and defeat them like we did the Russians and avenge
- In Peshawar, thousands of women and children arrived
crying, "where are our husbands and children?" a cry that echoed
throughout the border area. One of the women, Stoorai arrived in Peshawar,
and waited for two days for her husband after the bombing began in Kandahar.
- "When the US planes dropped bombs on Kandahar it
was complete dark and when one lady along with her children died in the
neighbouring [sic] house, I ran out with my four children along with the
husband of my husband's sister and next day I headed towards Quetta."
Look at him how liberated he feels
- During the month of December, 2001, another 'liberation'
attempt was carried out by the 'brave men' of the US armed forces when
they killed 52 civilians, mostly women and children in the village of Niazi
Qala in Paktia province. The British newspaper, The Time published the
following account of the tragedy:
- "non-combatant women and children were chased and
killed by U.S. helicopters during an attack on an Afghan village that left
- According to the newspaper, in the initial strike in
this village 10 women and 25 children were reported killed but later, a
UN spokesperson, Stephanie Bunker said:
- "ÖAfter the women and children were killed
in the village, a second group of civilians fled the attack and were gunned
down by U.S. helicopters. All fifteen of the fleeing villagers were killed.
A third group of civilians, who were trying to rescue survivors, were also
killed by the U.S. military, according to Ms. Bunker."
- US liberated the innocents from their lives
- Bravo, 'brave' military, killing women and children with
the most modern military arsenals known to mankind against powerless women
and children. As always, the official response came from Defense Secretary
Rumsfeld. He defended the crime, stating that the village was a target.
Similarly in another location, another tragedy, from the list of US 'liberation
attempts' occurred when US planes bombed the tractor of fleeing Afghan
women and children. A survivor, Fasal Rabi, lost three children and two
brothers said the following, while carrying his maimed son of 18 months:
- "You think Taliban would come among our women, or
we would let them? There were no Taliban here." "My 14-year-old
brother was sitting here." "He died in pieces."
- Liberated from life by the USA
- In this tragedy, 21 civilians lost their lives. 17 of
the 21 civilians were children. Amidst, the euphoria and jubilation, the
US media failed to report many horror stories of Northern Alliance entering
Kabul, a witness, Ebad-ur-Rahman said:
- "There was a hue and cry in the streets. The jubilant
alliance troops entered any house they wanted. They raped and dishonoured
[sic] Afghan women and even minor girls" "I don't know much about
other areas, but there was no law in Kabul. The troops were looting even
personal belongings like jackets and boots," "They [Northern
alliance] brought foreign media cameramen and forced men to get their beards
shaved and women to remove burqas so that the scenes could be recorded"
(Rediff.com, Indo-Asian News Service)
- The Rediff.com Indo-Asian News Service also reported
the following to confirm the witness allegations:
- "BBC and some other agencies also endorsed Ebad's
claim that the Northern Alliance was forcing women to remove burqas and
men to shave their beards."
- Although I do not doubt that there were young men who
wanted to shave beards, however, Northern Alliance soldiers have forced
many to do so. The UK Guardian reported: "What the photos do not show
is the women putting [the veils] back on again moments later" It is
worth mentioning that nine out of ten women are still wearing burqas voluntarily.
- It is interesting when President Bush talk about liberating
Afghan women. This comes from the President of a country, where horrors
are committed against women everyday.
- Sue Davis writes in her essay "US no model for women's
liberation" and points to the United States as a country:
- "in which four women are killed every day by their
husbands or boyfriends. Spousal killings make up 12 percent of the society's
total murders. Nine out of 10 murdered women are killed by men. Four out
of five of them are murdered at home. And 50 percent of those women are
murdered by a male partner"
- The fraud that the US government calls 'the war on terror'
has been nothing but murder of innocent women and children. To add insult
to injury, George W Bush and his gang of criminal Zionists call it, 'liberation
of Afghan women'. What a tragedy!
- After the fall of Taliban, 'the liberators' have brought
more misery to Afghanistan than reconstruction. The country is ruled by
a collection of warlords, whose resumes of achievements include mass murder,
collective rape of women, kidnapping women and children and selling them
for profits to the highest biter. These warlords are responsible for the
destruction of Kabul whose atrocities invited Taliban to emerge as an antidote.
Today, in Afghanistan, security is of utmost importance to the average
person; however, that seems more a dream than a reality. Instead of security
and prosperity, the grim statistics of US's crimes represents disaster
than reconstruction. According to the UK Guardian, up to 8000 civilians
have perished and another 20,000 have perished as indirect consequence
of bombing, namely severe cold, starvation and disease. According to my
own research, these numbers are quite conservative. The number of dead
from bombing alone stands over 10000. As to the issue of reconstruction,
the US has spent over 12 billion dollars in Afghanistan, but unfortunately
90 percent of that is spent on bombing what remains of Afghanistan and
as payments to their criminal allies, the Northern Alliance. In fact, in
the year 2002, about $290 million was earmarked for reconstruction efforts
in the country. Tragically, this amount would not even cover the humanitarian
needs of displaced people inside Afghanistan, let alone reconstruction.
Consequently, students of Kabul University rioted demanding electricity
and running water; instead of electricity and running water, the police/soldiers
shot and killed two students and injured tens more.
- Interestingly, the Kansas City Star, 03, 02, 2003, summarizes
Afghanistan current situation eloquently:
- "Afghan soldiers aligned with American forces are
attacked with rockets or roadside bombs almost daily. Humanitarian aid
organizations retreat, despite the dire need for assistance. The roads
are unsafe. Banditry is epidemic. This is the Afghanistan beyond Kabul."
Beyond Kabul, Afghanistan is burning from poverty, disease and instability:
- "a day's drive south of Kabul, a different story
unfolds. From Kandahar, it is clear that much of Afghanistan remains a
bleeding and impoverished land, torn by ethnic and political strife."
- American soldiers compare war in Afghanistan to that
in Vietnam when they say:
- "Farmer by day, Taliban by night" "It
is a guerrilla fight now. The enemy can't fight in groups. They will attack
us, create problems and escape. The enemy is not destroyed. It is a big
concern for us because we don't know how this kind of fighting will end."
- This is the biggest concern for any invading army, based
on Afghan history, guerrilla war does not end until the enemy is destroyed
or forced to retreat. It is quite easy to enter Afghanistan, but it is
very difficult to get out. The Russians had planned to stay in Afghanistan
for two months at the most but ended up staying in Afghanistan for 10 years
until it retreated.
- And, yes, the Washington's puppet, Hamid Karzai, appeared
in front of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, further confirming that
American lawmakers regard him their puppet. Especially, senator Lugar of
Indiana and his colleagues proved by their treatment of Karzai, as if it
was not obvious to some, that he is their vassal in Kabul.
- Bush and his gang of Zionists in his administration are
not the only people to blame. The corporate media networks are together
in this crime with the Bush administration for feeding lies to the people
of the United States. And, yes, most of the people here believe the media
whole heartily since they hear the same lies from their president as well
as the various television networks day and night. At certain point, these
lies become reality in their eyes and they choose not to question them.
Interestingly, it appears to me that the corporate media and the Zionist
infrastructure have learned a lesson from their alleged enemies, the Nazis.
Both the media characters such as Bill Oreilly and his likes and the Zionists
in this administration have followed what Hermann Goering, the designated
successor of Adolf Hitler, as their mentor in dealing with the American
public. Herman Goering had said the following in regards to common people
and their governments:
- "Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither
in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood.
But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy
and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is
a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist
dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the
bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they
are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism
and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
- That is why, we hear threat alerts every two to three
weeks from the Homeland Security office, preparing people for the inevitable,
whatever the inevitable is that they planned to unleash. In this state
of confusion, Bush and his cronies energize the people here and dwell on
their emotions by envisaging themselves as the champions of the Afghan
women and children, only to bring them misery and death. To the contrary,
Bush brought disaster to Afghan people. Meanwhile, Bush's failure to ask
congress to allocate money as part of this year's budget for the rebuilding
promises he made to Afghanistan, further exposes Bush's lies to the world
that his administration has no interest in helping the poor Afghans. In
fact, Senator Levine and others reminded the Bush administration that it
should allocate some money for Afghanistan, the country Bush junior and
his puddle Tony Blair promised not to abandon. Unfortunately, they have
brought misery, despair and death to the Afghan women, children and men.
This is evident in the bombings and summary execution of Afghans as well
as in the US's indifference of turning Afghanistan into a uranium wasteland.
- The 'liberation' that the US brought to the Afghan people
is death from contamination from depleted uranium dust and other poisons
unleashed by the US armed forces, the insecurity prevalent all over the
country, and abject poverty becoming worse by the day. In fact, the US
has liberated Afghans from their lives. The liberation claims of the US
government are summed up with following quote from Matt Gugenheimer from
the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum participated in Operation Anaconda
told the Ithaca Journal the following:
- "We were told there were no friendly forces,"
"If there was anybody there, they were the enemy. We were told specifically
that if there were women and children to kill them." (Ithaca Journal:
- I will let you be the judge!
- Mohammed Daud Miraki, MA, MA, PhD Independent Researcher
HYPERLINK mailto:Mdmiraki@ameritech.net Mdmiraki@ameritech.net
- Interview was conducted by an aid worker, Abdul Karim
in Kandahar in October 2001 Eyewitness account of an Afghan doctor in
Kabul in October, 2001 The News: Jang (Pakistan) October 25, 2001 YellowTimes.org
January 5, 2002 By Christopher Reilly HYPERLINK http://www.theage.com.au
www.theage.com.au February 19 2002