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    Everyone Plz Read This Now!! Excellent Article.

    I got this in my e-mail.
    A Great Article IMO.

    >A must-read from an Afghan American This is from Tamim Ansary, a writer
    >and columnist in San Francisco who is a native of 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
    >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
    >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
    >But the Taliban and Bin Laden are not Afghanistan. They're not even the
    >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
    >think Taliban, think Nazis. When you think Bin Laden, think Hitler. And
    >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
    >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
    >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
    >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
    >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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    Ah well

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    Yeah, like yours is the first thing duplicated in the last week and a half

    IT is for the most part a good article though. Thanks for reminding us about it Blitz!


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