Bomb the shit out of Afghanistan?

September 14, 2001 at 12:37 am
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Bomb the shit out of Afghanistan?Of all that I’ve seen and read so far, this one really had the ring of
truth. I think this is exactly the perspective I’ve been looking for. I
dearly hope that we will tread carefully in the coming months & years.
–C

For a different perspective on the events of last Tuesday…

Here’s what an Afghani thinks of the situation.

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone
Age." Ron 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 deeply hates the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. My hatred
comes
from first-hand experience. 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
would not 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?

Unfortunately, Bin Laden does. Anyone else?

In Peace,

Tamim Ansary

1 Comment

  1. Beacuse of Afghanistan they also put Pakistan In trouble why? All afghan refugee live in Pakistan and Iran and they don’t want to leave why ? On top Afghanistan is ruining Pakistan Economy. By helping Afghanistan to become a proper state, pakistan is becoming a fail state. So please

    Thanks

    Comment by Amana Khan — March 25, 2009 @ 8:16 am

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