Afghanistan in 1967… and now

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Surfing the web, wandering aimlessly at 1am as the rain keeps coming.

Like Iran, there was a time when Afghanistan was coming into a new age with increased freedoms for women, and a growing economy that had nothing to do with opium.

Those days are gone.

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7 responses to “Afghanistan in 1967… and now

  1. The Muslim

    Yep; with the arrival of “International Community” in Afghanistan, this has led to a decrease in education of women. On the contrary, my research showed me that women when under Taliban control had one of the highest level of education in the world (ironic? Maybe).

  2. BFP

    The Muslim said “my research showed me that women when under Taliban control had one of the highest level of education in the world ”

    I call bullshit. Prove it.
    Robert.

  3. Party Animal

    Judging from the pictures above, Barbados will soon look the same.
    Going backwards.

  4. Green Monkey

    Thank the USA for funding the religious wackos in an effort to cause the Soviet Union “its own Vietnam”. Note the “official” myth is the US only started funding and arming the Mujaheddin resistance movement, after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Actually Zbigneiw Brezinski, Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy adviser at the time, later admitted in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique that way before the USSR sent in troops to Afghanistan, the US actively supported and encouraged the Islamic fundamentalists (at that time they were of course called “Freedom Fighters not Terrorists) in their rebellion against a Soviet friendly, Leftist Afghan government. The aim was to suck the USSR into a quagmire like the US experienced in Vietnam when they came to assist the Afghan government..

    After 9/11 when the US invaded to “set things right” Western reporters and journalists would report in shocked tones about the disgusting schoolbooks they found being used in Afghan schools preaching hatred of foreigners and the merits of jihad etc. Turns out even these very same schoolbooks used to indoctrinate young minds in the ways of jihad and fundamentalist thought came courtesy of the USA. That fact was only reported on once by one outlet in the mainstream media and then the matter was forgotten.

    The Jihad Schoolbook Scandal
    Wednesday, 17 April 2002

    Only one English-speaking newspaper we could find has investigated this issue: the Washington Post. The story appeared March 23rd. (1)

    Washington Post investigators report that, during the past twenty years, the US has spent millions of dollars producing fanatical schoolbooks, which were then distributed in Afghanistan.

    “The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then [i.e., since the violent destruction of the Afghan secular government in the early 1990s] as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books…” — Washington Post, 23 March 2002 (1)

    According to the Post, the U.S. is now “…wrestling with the unintended consequences of its successful strategy of stirring Islamic fervor to fight communism.”

    So the books made up the core curriculum in Afghan schools. And what were the unintended consequences? The Post reports that, according to unnamed officials, the schoolbooks “steeped a generation in [Islamist] violence.”

    How could this result have been unintended? Did they expect that having fundamentalist schoolbooks in the core curriculum would produce moderate Muslims?

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0204/S00074/bush-the-jihad-schoolbook-scandal.htm

  5. Green Monkey

    A correction to my earlier post above:

    It was the French journal Le Nouvel Observateur (not Le Monde Diplomatique) which ran the interview with Brzezinski in which, contrary to the view promoted by US propaganda, he confessed that the US had actively been supporting the Mujaheddin prior to the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan and doing so with the hope that it would draw the USSR into a Vietnam-like quagmire should it send in troops to help support the secular but Soviet-friendly Afghan government.

    Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism”

    By Prof. Michele Chossudovsky

    snip

    The CIA’s role in laying the foundations of Al Qaeda is confirmed in an 1998 interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, who at the time was National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter:

    Brzezinski: According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahideen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, [on] 24 December 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3, 1979, that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the President in which I explained to him that in my opinion, this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

    Question: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?

    Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

    Question: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?

    Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

    Question: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

    Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War? ( “The CIA’s Intervention in Afghanistan, Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser”, Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998, published in English, Centre for Research on Globalisation,

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/al-qaeda-and-the-war-on-terrorism/7718

  6. Party Animal

    I must say we have the USA to blame for a lot of crap that is going on around the World.

    They should stay home and mind their own business, let the East fight their own Wars, let them kill out each other, then there won’t be anything to worry about.

    Then they Elected a Muslim President who has given the Muslims Trillions of newly printed dollars so they can invade the USA

    Sounds like something our Government would do.

  7. Robert Ross

    BFP

    I hope you have been following the Marks & Spencer Muslim salesperson scandal in the UK. Gee – where will it end?