[News] Malalai Joya - US is doing no good in Afghanistan

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US is doing no good in Afghanistan

November 12, 2009 By Malalai Joya
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As an Afghan woman who was elected to Parliament, I am in the United 
States to ask President Barack Obama to immediately end the 
occupation of my country.

Eight years ago, women's rights were used as one of the excuses to 
start this war. But today, Afghanistan is still facing a women's 
rights catastrophe. Life for most Afghan women resembles a type of 
hell that is never reflected in the Western mainstream media.

In 2001, the U.S. helped return to power the worst misogynist 
criminals, such as the Northern Alliance warlords and druglords. 
These men ought to be considered a photocopy of the Taliban. The only 
difference is that the Northern Alliance warlords wear suits and ties 
and cover their faces with the mask of democracy while they occupy 
government positions. But they are responsible for much of the 
disaster today in Afghanistan, thanks to the U.S. support they enjoy.

The U.S. and its allies are getting ready to offer power to the 
medieval Taliban by creating an imaginary category called the 
"moderate Taliban" and inviting them to join the government. A man 
who was near the top of the list of most-wanted terrorists eight 
years ago, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has been invited to join the government.

Over the past eight years the U.S. has helped turn my country into 
the drug capital of the world through its support of drug lords. 
Today, 93 percent of all opium in the world is produced in 
Afghanistan. Many members of Parliament and high ranking officials 
openly benefit from the drug trade. President Karzai's own brother is 
a well known drug trafficker.

Meanwhile, ordinary Afghans are living in destitution. The latest 
United Nations Human Development Index ranked Afghanistan 181 out of 
182 countries. Eighteen million Afghans live on less than $2 a day. 
Mothers in many parts of Afghanistan are ready to sell their children 
because they cannot feed them.

Afghanistan has received $36 billion of aid in the past eight years, 
and the U.S. alone spends $165 million a day on its war. Yet my 
country remains in the grip of terrorists and criminals. My people 
have no interest in the current drama of the presidential election 
since it will change nothing in Afghanistan. Both Karzai and Dr. 
Abdullah are hated by Afghans for being U.S. puppets.

The worst casualty of this war is truth. Those who stand up and raise 
their voice against injustice, insecurity and occupation have their 
lives threatened and are forced to leave Afghanistan, or simply get killed.

We are sandwiched between three powerful enemies: the occupation 
forces of the U.S. and NATO, the Taliban and the corrupt government 
of Hamid Karzai.

Now President Obama is considering increasing troops to Afghanistan 
and simply extending former President Bush's wrong policies. In fact, 
the worst massacres since 9/11 were during Obama's tenure. My native 
province of Farah was bombed by the U.S. this past May. A hundred and 
fifty people were killed, most of them women and children. On Sept. 
9, the U.S. bombed Kunduz Province, killing 200 civilians.

My people are fed up. That is why we want an immediate end to the 
U.S. occupation.


MALALAI JOYA spoke at San Jose State University Saturday and signed 
copies of her new political memoir, A Woman Among Warlords, 
co-written with Derrick O"Keefe. The survivor of four assassination 
attempts, she was elected to Afghanistan"s parliament in 2005 and 
kicked out in 2007 by the warlords. She wrote this article for the 
Mercury News.




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