Liberated From Life
Mohammed Daud Miraki, MA, MA, PhD
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 replied:
"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 weeping loud:
"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 my family."
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. She said:
"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 52 dead."
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: 06,01, 2002)
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