Just like in Iraq, war has not brought liberation to Afghanistan. Neither war was really about democracy or justice or uprooting terrorist groups; rather they were and are about U.S. strategic interests in the region. We Afghans have never liked being pawns in the ‘Great Game’ of empire, as the British and the Soviets learned in the past century.
It is a shame that so much of Afghanistan’s reality has been kept veiled by a western media consensus in support of the ‘good war.’ Perhaps if the citizens of North America had been better informed about my country, President Obama would not have dared to send more troops and spend taxpayers’ money on a war that is only adding to the suffering of our people and pushing the region into deeper conflicts.
A troop ‘surge’ in Afghanistan, and continued air strikes, will do nothing to help the liberation of Afghan women. The only thing it will do is increase the number of civilian casualties and increase the resistance to occupation.
-Malalai Joya was just a child when the Soviet Union invaded her native Afghanistan, forcing her family to withdraw into refugee status in Iran and Pakistan after enduring years offighting. She returned in 1998 and lived under the reign of the Taliban, while actively fighting to progress human and women’s rights within the country. Joya is the youngest member of the Afghan parliament but her membership was suspended in 2007 after publicly condemning other members.