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A Different Look at Afghanistan!

Hope all of you are well. Just wanting to share another interesting viewpoint that underlines the 
that there is not an easy solution to achieving justice. 


A Different Look at Afghanistan: > >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 
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. 
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. 
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 
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 
Done. Eradicate their hospitals? Done. >Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from medicine 
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 
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 
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 
west. It might seem >ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the world into Islam and the 
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 
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? 
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