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“RAWA had already warned that the United States should not support the most treacherous, most criminal, most anti-democratic and anti-women Islamic fundamentalist parties because after both the Jehadi and the Taliban have committed every possible type of heinous crimes against our people, they would feel no shame in committing such crimes against the American people whom they consider ‘infidel.’ In order to gain and maintain their power, these barbaric criminals are ready to turn easily to any criminal force.

“But unfortunately we must say that it was the government of the United States who supported Pakistani dictator Gen. Zia-ul Haq in creating thousands of religious schools from which the germs of Taliban emerged. In the similar way, as is clear to all, Osama Bin Laden has been the blue-eyed boy of CIA. But what is more painful is that American politicians have not drawn a lesson from their pro-fundamentalist policies in our country and are still supporting this or that fundamentalist band or leader. In our opinion any kind of support to the fundamentalist Taliban and Jehadies is actually trampling democratic, women's rights and human rights values. If it is established that the suspects of the terrorist attacks are outside the U.S., our constant claim that fundamentalist terrorists would devour their creators, is proved once more.”

-- Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)


“Nothing can excuse or justify an act of terrorism, whether it is committed by religious fundamentalists, private militia, people's resistance movements -- or whether it's dressed up as a war of retribution by a recognised government. The bombing of Afghanistan is not revenge for New York and Washington. It is yet another act of terror against the people of the world. Each innocent person that is killed must be added to, not set off against, the grisly toll of civilians who died in New York and Washington.”

-- Arundhati Roy


“A so-called ‘war on terror’ is a contradiction in terms, a convenient excuse by repressive governments to progress their own oppressive agendas. Real security is possible but it cannot come from an escalating cycle of violence which merely begets more violence.”

-- Women in Black, Adelaide


"People have to know that there is a human cost to war, and that this is a war with thousands of casualties. These were poor people to begin with and, on top of that, they had absolutely nothing to do with the events of September 11."

-- Marc Herold


“Governments in the U.S.-led coalition and those outside it argued that the Taliban's behavior toward women -- including banning women from most types of work, forcing women to wear a head-to-toe enveloping garment, and banning women from education beyond primary school --was unparalleled in severity and constituted a systematic attack on women's human rights and dignity. Yet, while the international community recoiled at these abuses, the women's human rights record of other governments with similar practices, such as Saudi Arabia, received minimal criticism. Critics of the Taliban virtually ignored Saudi Arabia, where women faced systematic discrimination in all aspects of their lives: they were denied equality of opportunity in access to work, forced to comply with a restrictive dress code, and segregated in public life. Religious police punished infractions of the dress code with public beatings. Kuwait's record on women's rights was also dismal: the Kuwaiti government denied women the right to vote, segregated them, and required them to veil in public. The international community's lack of complaint about the women's human rights records in these countries underscored a reality that women's rights activists grappled with everywhere: women's rights must still be negotiated, and violations of women's rights often generate only fleeting interest.”

-- Human Rights Watch World Report 2002, “Women's Human Rights ”


“America, by forming an international coalition against Osama and his Taliban-collaborators and in retaliation for the 11th September terrorist attacks, has launched a vast aggression on our country. Despite the claim of the U.S. that only military and terrorist bases of the Taliban and Al Qieda will be struck and that its actions would be accurately targeted and proportionate, we have witnessed for the past seven days leaves no doubt that this invasion will shed the blood of numerous women, men, children, young and old of our country.

“If until yesterday the U.S. and its allies, without paying the least attention to the fate of democracy in Afghanistan, were supporting the policy of Jehadis-fostering, Osama-fostering and Taliban-fostering, today they are sharpening the dagger of the ‘Northern Alliance.’ And because of this policy they have plunged our people into a horrific concern and anxiety in fear of re-experiencing the dreadful happenings of the years of the Jehadis’ ‘emirate.’ ...

“Now the "Northern Alliance" groups lie in ambush like hungry wolves so they, while riding the guns of the U.S., can assault and swarm into Kabul and in proportion to the depth and width of their ‘conquests,’ besides committing vandalism like the years before, gain ground in order to bargain for position in the second "emirate", and as a consequence again spoil the aspiration of the people for the establishment of a stable and democratic government acceptable to all. The continuation of U.S. attacks and the increase in the number of innocent civilian victims not only gives an excuse to the Taliban, but also will cause the empowering of the fundamentalist forces in the region and even in the world.”

-- RAWA


“Yes, it is confirmed: the GM/Monsanto invasion has hit Afghanistan, compliments of the kind and caring US of A fathers. Don't you just love the male mentality/institutions? It never ceases to amaze me how the male mindset can twist and turn, slip and slide, and flip/flop to suit the occasion until you are seasick from the roller coaster ride from one side of the coin to the other. This is a mindset devoid of caring, sensitivity or humanitarian concern ad nauseum. Evil becomes good, killing takes on a humanitarian tone and starvation becomes a business opportunity for the most evil of technological vampires. Along with the bombs, insidious enough by themselves, Monsanto and Co is dropped into Afghanistan with a message of love. Just unbelievable! Will Coke come in the next drop? Maybe Nike shoes too? Pres. Shrub and his inner circle of male terrorists wearing the ‘legitimate’ disguises ... And so many unthinking human beings ... are swept up in the passion and ‘goodness’ of terrorism of the RIGHT kind.

-- Onnie Wilson


“To begin with, the Sept. 11 attacks wouldn't have happened if I had been president because the hijackers wouldn't have been able to get into the cockpits of the hijacked planes. We have been for 30 years pushing the airlines to do what some foreign countries have been doing, which is toughening the cockpit doorways and latches. That's what happens when you don't regulate. Not enough attention is being paid to the airline's resistance to these proposals year after year after year and the way they own the FAA.

“Now, we've embarked on a move that is burning a haystack down in order to find some needles. We haven't found the needles but thousands of Afghans have suffered terribly and many have died ... We have a one-track president who is high in the polls and is not paying attention to domestic problems and injustices as he asserts the role of a west Texas sheriff and talks about ‘gettin’ ‘em’ and ‘smoking ‘em out.’ Not even Nixon would talk that way.”

-- Ralph Nader


"We've met with people who have lost their loved ones to the U.S. bombing, we've met children who've lost limbs to U.S. cluster bombs, people whose homes were destroyed, who have no income, nowhere to go ... and do not know what to do next. The United States government needs to take responsibility for the direct effect on these people's lives. We have looked at pictures of their families, they have looked at pictures of ours, we have talked with them, we feel the same grief, but they have nothing. We owe it to them to do what we can to help them rebuild their homes and give their children health care and an education so they can get on with their lives."

-- Kelly Campbell, whose brother-in-law was killed in the Pentagon attack, and who visited Afghanistan with other family members of victims of 9-11.



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