April 29, 2006
I took this photo on the last day of
my journey: one the triplets
Afghanistan is has become the disaster
words could not describe, hence, I decided to illustrate this disaster
via these photos of babies born deformed.
On many occasions, I pointed out that
we need funds to build a research institute and the linked monitoring stations.
Unfortunately, majority of you simply brushed off my request. I wonder
if these photos could elevate your humanity that has been overwhelmed by
your comfortable life and materials desires.
Again, it is up to you, to do whatever
you think is human; that should not be too difficult. The funds for the
research institute are very small price you have to pay after all your
tax dollars have created this disaster. Whether you like it, admit or deny
it, it does not absolve you from the indirect complicity in these war crimes.
If everyone visiting this web site pays
the amount they spend on soft drinks in a month, we would have the funds
to build our research facility:
AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IN ACTION-"FREEDOM
IS ON THE MOVE" RIGHT? YOUR GOVERNMENT is CRIMINAL BUT YOU ARE equally
YOU MIGHT SAY, "THAT'S LIFE WHAT
COULD I DO" PAY FOR THE RESEARCH FACILITY-A TOTAL COST OF FIVE MILLION
DOLLARS-PEANUTS COMPARE TO THIS PAIN.
I HOPE YOU COULD EAT TONIGHT AND LOOK
AT YOUR CHILDREN AND SAY IT IS OKAY TO REMAIN INDIFFERENT. I WOULD NOT
BE SURPRISED AFTER ALL IT IS OKAY-YOU HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT, RIGHT?
You had everything to do with it, your tax dollars paid for their misery!!!
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR CHILDREN WERE
BORN LIKE THIS?
FROM THE AMERICAN GIFT (URANIUM MUNITIONS)
THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
HORRORS UNLIMITED: MADE IN USA
The parents of this child do not give
a damn about your freedom BS or some other garbage
OUR CHILDREN WOULD BE BORN THIS WAY FOR
EVER THANKS TO THE URANIUM MUNITIONS USED BY YOUR ARMED FORCES PAID FOR
BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS.
OH A FEW MINOR DETAILS ABOUT SITUATIONS
Due to the use of massive amount of uranium
munitions used by the US forces in the initial bombing and subsequently,
massive amount of congenital deformities occur all over Afghanistan. The
rate of various cancers has gone up significantly. Leukemia and esophageal
cancers are very high among children. According to doctors at maternity
and children hospitals in Kabul, the rate of various congenital deformities
have increased by many folds since the US invasion. In fact, the magnitude
of man made isotopes was established by the Uranium Medical Research Center
after their investigators made to trips to Afghanistan and collected urine
and soil samples. They established that the rate of man made isotopes was
gone up 2000 times in some subjects located near the bombed areas.
Since uranium used in the weapons have
a half-life of 4.5 billion years, the US forces ensured that generations
of Afghans suffer from cancers and deformities. This is certainly not development.
In fact, it is the biggest crime ever committed by anyone in the history
There has been a lot of talk of reconstruction
and rebuilding, but this issue could only be understood if one compares
the substance against the rhetoric and the large amount of money allocated
for the so-called reconstruction. Of all the whooplas made of reconstruction,
the US and its client regime has only inaugurated the truck route-highway-between
Kabul and Kandahar. This hallmark of achievement that the US brags about
was completed 40 percent during the Taliban government. While the highway
is inaugurated, it still needs significantly additional work to remain
intact. The inauguration of the highway was a political ploy aimed to convince
the critiques that the reconstruction has been going smooth. It is hardly
When I entered Afghanistan from Pakistan,
the lack of achievement was evident. For the past three years, there have
been construction efforts underway to pave the road from Torkham, the entry
point from Pakistan to Afghanistan, to the city of Jalalabad in eastern
Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the Pakistani contractors are more interested
to have their tea breaks rather than to do any rebuilding. I brought up
this issue with the authorities in Kabul, but to avail.
After reaching Jalalabad, I was further
surprised to see the roads in the city with massive potholes, unpaved roads,
hence, tremendous amount of dust blown in every direction. The reason for
the lack of work in Jalalabad, as is the case almost every where in Afghanistan,
corrupt officials eager to make money than to worry about the welfare of
If a Mayor is appointed to a town or
city, the would be mayor has to pay $40,000 bribe since he would be making
more than $400,000 in selling government land to the highest bidder.
The magnitude of corruption is not limited
to a province, but rather officials in the central government in Kabul
are equally complicit in massive corruption and inefficiency which I would
discuss shortly. Since the main road to Kabul is under construction for
the past three years-we had to take a mountain pass called Lataband, which
is a very rugged mountain terrain with huge rocks and massive potholes
widespread for miles on. Once I reached Kabul, I stopped complaining about
the Lataband road-after all Lataband is a mountain pass-Kabul the capital
city lacked paved roads with exception of very few. The government in Kabul
has not done anything of substance whether it pertains to infrastructure,
housing, sanitation or drinking water. These are the essential elements
of survival in any city. There are several reasons for the lack of progress.
Some of the reasons are fundamentally flawed while others are bureaucratic
hurdles and corruption. The fundamental flaws are situated in the free
market approach superimposed on Afghanistan. There are two aspects of the
free market that impedes the reconstruction of basic infrastructure in
Kabul, one is the idea that money spent has to be invested with a return
in mind, second, basic development should be contracted to private sector.
Both of these issues have impeded the rebuilding of infrastructure.
In the first half of the 20th century,
the Afghan government asked for a loan from the US government to build
basic infrastructure-paved roads in Kabul, the government and the bank
refused the loan on the ground that building roads in Kabul is not profitable
investment. The government in Kabul at that time, argued that for any profitable
enterprise to succeed basic infrastructure has to be built. So there is
very little amount allocated for rebuilding basic infrastructure. It is
worth noting that part of the blame goes to the international reconstruction
aid as it is dispersed in such a way that some amount is allocated to the
government in Kabul while the rest goes to the countless NGOs. Since the
first problem, namely investment with a profit in mind, does not materialize
in the construction of roads, efforts are made to resolve that problem
through contracting out construction of roads to private sector. Thus,
contracting out roads to private sector would mean money for contractors,
hence, compensate for the lack of profitability associated with paving
roads. This created another problem.
Once a road is contracted out, the private
contracting firm resort to delaying tactics associated with feasibility
study and other related issues in order to fatten its return. This delayed
tactic does not serve peoples' needs and the roads remain unpaved. For
example, the road from Kabul's airport to the presidential palace was contracted
out three years ago it was still not built. This practice of contracting
out projects adds to unemployment. Had the government adopted a different
method, perhaps by hiring local laborers and using machinery, the chronic
unemployment would be reduced, thus, people would have some food on the
Three weeks ago, Karzai announced that
the road in the Dasht-e-Barchi area repaired and built. The allocated funding
is $10,000000 ten million dollars. This is an outrage. Ten million dollars
could repair all the roads in the capital, Kabul if only the function is
taken over by the ministry of public works.
The Free Market Nonsense:
In order to please the US administration,
the regime in Kabul advocated the notion of 'free market' as if this would
become a panacea for the national economy. On the contrary, the so-called
free market scheme had been tried in the past-the 1930s-- that resulted
in fruitless consumerism of imported goods, which otherwise would have
been produced domestically. Moreover, the consumption of luxuries received
more priority than investment in productive sectors of the economy. A handful
of businessmen and investors became rich while the rest of the country
remained poor and destitute. Today, in the post-Taliban Afghanistan, the
consumption of goods such as television sets and satellite dishes are more
important than worrying about clean water and proper schooling. After all,
as long as capitalism had brought the culture of corruption and entertainment,
other necessities become secondary. Meanwhile, people with money import
these goods, pocket their profits and leave. The desire of the installed
regime to collect custom duties contributes to the perpetuation of underdevelopment.
Corruption also plays a significant role
in the continuation of import than investment in productive infrastructure.
For example, for the past 2-3 years over 100,000 tons of cement is imported
while the construction plans of four cement factories collect dust. The
official reason is that the country does not have a mining law. This year
alone 380,000 tons of cement is imported this year alone. The question
is how long does it take to formulate a mining law; it has been three years.
The profit margin for dealers has skyrocketed while the long-term development
prospects have waned down with every imported bag of cement.
AMERICAN CRIMES AND ORGANIZED CRIMES
With the collapse of Taliban, a very
profitable, yet nasty sector of the economy has risen to new heights. Organized
crime is an extension of what used to be warlords and their armies of bandits.
With the warlords and other officials of the Northern Alliance occupying
official positions, their former foot soldiers are equipped with new weapons
and Toyota trucks, Landcruisers, with only one aim to kidnap people from
diverse backgrounds for large sums of money. Once the money is secured,
the government officials, who are also leading these bandits, keep 80 percent
for themselves and 20 percent for their men.
The Italian aid worker, who was kidnapped
in Kabul in broad daylight, was a victim of these organized bandits. After
she was released, the government claimed that it secured the release of
the aid worker through negotiation, but the truth is otherwise. The kidnappers
received 5 million dollars. Those poor souls that can not afford paying
ransoms end up dead.
Other groups of criminals kidnap children
for money as well as for their organs. This is an epidemic that people
sought Talibans' assistance for in the mid-1990s, however, it appears that
this is no longer an issue for the US occupation force and their puppets
after all when it comes to crimes what could be more criminal that using
WMD against civilian population. The US forces have used uranium weapons
against the people of Afghanistan, and continue to commit crimes that dwarf
what the organized criminals are doing. The followings are some of the
examples of the brutality of the US forces in Afghanistan:
Rape and Murder by the US forces
In the Bagrami area of Kabul, the US
forces assaulted a small enclave of nomads. The US forces flew over this
enclave and saw nomad women near their tents. They landed their helicopter
and kidnapped these women by gunpoint. Subsequently, the US soldiers flew
away with these women to some location, where these women are gang-raped.
After these women were raped and died in the process, the soldiers flew
them back to the community from where they were kidnapped. However, this
time the helicopter did not land, instead, the women were thrown down from
the helicopter. This is not unique for the US forces since they committed
similar crimes in Vietnam. American forces are too much of cowards to have
landed because they knew they would be shot in revenge.
Another incident occurred when a US
helicopter spotted an old shepherd grazing his animals. The shepherd was
70 years old but this did not appear to matter to the US forces. The helicopter
landed and raped the old man. His relatives told me that on the one hand
we are furious about the crime committed by these beasts, but on the other
hand we are curious "what kind of rotten people Americans are."
In another incident, a truck driver
was driving his truck north from the Kabul, passing the US base in Bagram
when the US patrol stopped him. In the passenger seat of the truck a young
boy was sitting. This young man wanted to learn driving a truck, but tragically
for him, the Americans noticed him and asked him to step out. The young
man stepped out and the soldiers took him away from the truck and gang
raped him. When the boy returned to the truck, he was crying and furious.
Later that day, he committed suicide. This is another gift of the US's
In the American military base Bagram,
north of Kabul, 15 translators while working for the US forces were gang
raped by the very forces for which they worked. Although I have no sympathy
for those that work for the US forces, however, no one should be subjected
to such extreme cruelty. One of the translators said,
"Around 25 to 30 American soldiers
enter the area where we were sleeping and started raping us. I was conscious
until to the third soldier started raping me and then lost consciousness."
(Hamid-translator for the US forces, June 2005)
In Badakhshan province, the US soldiers
had taken forty (40) women and extracted their teeth for oral sex. One
member of the parliament, who is a close supporter of Karzai, said:
"The issue of these women treated
in such a miserable way was about to get some publicity, however, the US
officials made sure that this does not happen." (Parliament member--I
can not reveal his name)
In another incident, the US forces were
searching local houses between JalaAbad and Kabul, when they entered and
tried to search the house, they came across the woman of the house, since
she was very beautiful, the soldiers decided to take her to the US base.
The husband was not at home. When he returned from Peshawar, he went to
get his wife. He told his wife,
"To me you are now my mother and
sister, I can not touch you any more, but tell me if they have violated
your dignity? 'They raped me by force, I was conscious for the first three
men, then lost consciousness'." (The husband whose name I can not
reveal his name. He joined Taliban afterward and I do not blame him.)
A young man committed suicide in the
Laic-e-Mariam in KairKhana area after the Americans in an NGO raped his
These are some of the very few examples
of the many crimes committed by the US forces in Afghanistan, but unfortunately,
the coward officials of the puppet regime call it reconstruction. To add
insult to injury, the two American soldiers, who murdered two detainees
at Bagram airbase, received only 2 and 3 months in jail for crime ruled
homicide by the US medical examiners. The two detainees were beaten at
their legs while hanging from the ceiling until their legs "pulverized".
The term "pulverized" was used by the medical examiner to articulate
the magnitude of the fatal injury and the inhumane way of murdering. When
one of the victims asked for water, the soldier poured water over his face;
subsequently, the poor man died. This is American reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Life for Ordinary People
There is absolutely no hope for the Afghans.
The billions of dollars of development aid did not benefit ordinary Afghans.
Abject poverty is the rule of the day. Orphans and widows roam the streets
to make a living. The NGOs and foreign advisors enjoy life to the fullest.
They are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars, enjoy luxury vehicles and
houses, while ordinary Afghans die from homelessness, hunger and disease.
In light of the London donor conference,
which would amount to nothing considering the legacy of so-called reconstruction
in Afghanistan; it is prudent to make some points.
It is a tragedy of immense proportion
that no one even dare to address the abomination that is called life with
inevitable demise at every corner resulting from the massive amount of
uranium munitions used by the American forces and their allies. Our so-called
Afghans self-sold surrogates are more than happy to jump on the bandwagon
and express their gratitude for the token thrown at our people when in
fact their entire existence is put in question by the massive use of weapons
of mass destruction. Let the progress of the Bonn agreement tell the children
of Tora Bora and Shah-e-Kot suffering from Leukemia and Esophageal cancers,
or the massive number of sudden abortions occurring among women and animals
in those areas.
Another legacy is the corruption of bribery
and sheer robbery by the officials of this puppet regime eager to make
dollars. Unfortunately, they do not even accept Afghan currency but rather
demand dollars. According to an Afghan commission, the amount of bribes
paid in Afghanistan ranges from 20 Afghani to 15,000000 Dollars. In a country
where an experience medical technologist is paid $40/month, the millions
of dollars paid in bribe point to the magnitude of profit individuals and
companies expected to enjoy.
Abject poverty is every where and hopes
of revival are no where. The billions of dollars donated went into the
pockets of NGOs and powerful government officials, while the poor remains
Another problem is Americanization of
the system, namely whole sale firing of professionals with decades of experience
under the pretext of making hospitals and offices efficient. The truth
is the US wants to implement capitalism in Afghanistan and bring open market
when in fact no has food to eat or money to pay for healthcare. The shortage
of physicians and health technicians is ignored for the sake of this garbage
called free market. Now there are no private companies to hire these professionals
with decades of experience. It would have been nice if other opportunities
existed, but there are none.
Today in Afghanistan, there are a few
very rich and the rest extremely poor thanks to the United States of America.
Afghan Resistance and US losses:
The Afghan resistance fighters consist
of Pashtuns, entirely. The East, Southeast, South and Southwest, West and
part of Central area of Afghanistan are the most volatile. The US forces
have lost a lot of soldiers there. In fact, ordinary Afghans used to wondered
about the US losses and started to believe a myth that the soldiers that
are killed in Afghanistan must come from orphanages in the US, hence, their
death is not missed by anyone. To the Afghans, it does not make sense when
so many soldiers lose their lives and yet there has not been any outrage
on the part of the families of those soldiers. Thus, ordinary Afghans started
this myth that the soldiers that are killed in Afghanistan are from orphanages
since this was the only rational explanation they could find.
Before going to Afghanistan, different
sources claimed that American dead were kept refrigerated on board ships
in the Arabian Sea and at US bases in the Middle East. When I went to Afghanistan,
many people within the Afghan Ministry of Defense told me similar stories
that American dead are stored in refrigerated containers on board ships
and at the US bases in the Middle East. In fact, one translator, who was
working with the US forces, told me that he had seen refrigerated containers
filled with dead US soldiers. The following two incidents should give a
glimpse into the US losses and lies about those losses there.
Around June 12, 2005, an Afghan resistance
fighter rammed an explosives laden vehicle into the US military convey
in Kandahar. The result was severe losses for the US military. Initially,
the media reported that five American soldiers were killed, then later
that figure was abandoned and replaced with only four wounded. However,
the truth was completely different. An eyewitness, Haji Habib told us an
entirely different account of the losses:
"A suicide bomber slammed his vehicle
into the US convey. The vehicle must have been full of powerful explosives
because the explosion was really loud and shattering. After the dust and
smoked settled, I counted the charred bodies. There were 39 charred bodies.
The American cleanup team came with cranes and picked the destroyed armored
vehicles and dead bodies before anyone could take photographs." (Haji
Habib: June 14, 2005-my first trip)
In another incident around the 22nd
of May 2005, the US forces lost 75 soldiers along with three tanks and
three armored vehicles in Helmand province in Southwestern Afghanistan.
This occurred when the US unit went to the province and arrested a former
Mujahideen commander. The eyewitness, a translator, who witnessed and counted
the dead bodies at Kandahar airport after being transported from Helmand
described the operation as follows:
"The Americans went to Helamd to
arrest a former commander. When they arrested him, his villagers and former
Mujahideen fighters blocked the retreat of the US forces. The US forces
fired at the men standing in their way, killing six of them. Since the
rest of the fighters had already taken positions, the Americans were bombarded
with RPG-7 grenade-launchers and heavy machinegun fire. In the firefight,
the arrested commander was also martyred but also 75 American soldiers
were killed, three of their tanks and three armored vehicles were also
destroyed. When the American reinforcement arrived, all the Mujahideen
fighters were long gone. Instead, the US helicopters bombed civilian areas."
(Abdul Ali-eyewitness to the fight)
At the end of February 2006, in Uruzgan
province an American convey was ambushed and 29 American soldiers were
killed, while officially they admitted only four. These are just few of
the many unreported losses of the US soldiers in Afghanistan.
For those of you who would make the argument
that we were attacked by Bin Laden and the Taliban refused to hand him
over even though we refused to show his involvement, here is a piece of
information revealed by Vice President Cheney. His answer to a question
from the Tony Snow Show via telephone, and the link below is that of the
Q: I want to be clear because I've heard
you say this, and I've heard the President say it, but I want you to say
it for my listeners, which is that the White House has never argued that
Saddam was directly involved in September 11th, correct?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: That's correct. We
had one report early on from another intelligence service that suggested
that the lead hijacker, Mohamed Atta, had met with Iraqi intelligence officials
in Prague, Czechoslovakia. And that reporting waxed and waned where the
degree of confidence in it, and so forth, has been pretty well knocked
down now at this stage, that that meeting ever took place. So we've never
made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden [sic] was
directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming. But
there -- that's a separate proposition from the question of whether or
not there was some kind of a relationship between the Iraqi government,
Iraqi intelligence services and the al Qaeda organization.
So the US bombed Afghanistan and killed
tens of thousands of people and turned the country into a uranium hellhole
on a hunch?
Obviously so, and that is why, they could
never produce an ounce of proof of his complicity in the attacks.
SEE IF YOU COULD EXPLAIN THAT TO HIS
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