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Is Afganistan reverting to...

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Robert Harris, Jan 17, 2003.

  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    ...what it was a while back? Indications are not good. Below find just a couple of items reported today -- but there are similar stories almost every day. Such things as the warlords refusing to disarm, assasination attempts in the capital, attacks on US troops out in the boondocks, restrictions on music that can be heard, etc.

    HERAT DAILY DEFENDS NEW SEGREGATIONIST EDUCATION REGULATIONS. The Herat daily "Etefaq-e Eslam" has come to the defense of new education
    regulations imposed this week by Herat Province Governor Ismail Khan
    that were criticized by Human Rights Watch on 16 January (see "RFE/RL
    Newsline," 16 January 2003). "Why do some people insist on criticizing the situation by shouting and making a big deal" out of it just "because some rules have been adopted regarding regulationsat educational centers so female and male students can study in more comfort and a better teaching environment?" the daily asked in a
    commentary published on 15 January. While defending the new
    educational codes, the commentary recognized at the same time that
    debate about them "without spite and rancor" is acceptable. "[We] do not claim that decisions adopted by the education [department] are never without shortcomings and cannot be criticized, but it is malicious and unrealistic to make judgments too hastily, to look through dark glasses, and to connect this issue to human and women'srights," the commentary concluded. KM

    AFGHANS ON THE STREETS OF KABUL REPORT SERIOUS SECURITY PROBLEMS...
    The "Kabul Weekly" on 16 January published an article in which Kabul
    residents complained of serious lapses in security in the capital despite the extensive coverage provided by the International SecurityAssistance Force (ISAF). For example, the paper reported that locals said "the people who mastermind murders, thefts, and kidnappings in western Kabul are really security personnel and soldiers." It added that "military safe houses for militias have recently sprung up in the center of Kabul, fronting as guesthouses, but security officials
    do not budge.... Arms smuggling happens in Kabul, right in front of the eyes of security officials, who do nothing to stop it." Other grievances related to minor issues such as taxi drivers ignoring regulations and overcharging passengers. KM

    Both from: RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 11, Part III, 17 January 2003
     
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    There's little US can do to make Afghanis understand what they want and how they want to meet that want.

    I was actually pissed at many politicians who said we were going in to Afghanistan to make life better there. That was NOT the intention. The intention was to overthrow an ad hoc regime that harbored one of the most vile terrorists. Once we were done, get the #@#@ out and call it success.
     
  3. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    That would be a mistake, I think. If life does not become a bit better there Taliban or equivalent may be back and we may face the same problem again. It may already be happening, anyuway, as the power-hungry clerics seek to impose their will and bring back the middle ages.

    CHIEF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES THAT AFGHAN ULEMA WILL FORM NATIONAL COUNCIL. Preparations are being made to establish a central council of Afghan ulema (Islamic scholars) comprising two ulema from each province who would, in turn, run subcommittees in their own provinces, Chief Justice Shinwari told AIP on 21 January. "The council will work for Islamic order, Islamic government, and Islamic regulations, and will try to prohibit moral corruption and actions contradicting Islamic law and directed against Islam," Shinwari said. The council will also work to combat "Western [cultural] influence," according to Hindukosh news agency. KM

    AFGHANISTAN'S CHIEF JUSTICE SAYS COEDUCATION IS UNLAWFUL... Supreme Court Chief Justice Mullah Fazl Hadi Shinwari on 21 January said, "I think the coeducation of adolescent boys and girls is unlawful and prohibited [under Islamic law]...[and] should be stopped in Afghanistan," AIP reported. Shinwari was commenting on Herat Province Governor Ismail Khan's decision to implement new educational regulations segregating the sexes (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 13, 16, and 21 January 2003). "Coeducation is prohibited according to Islamic law and ethics and stopping it will violate no one's rights," he said in response to international criticism over the new measures. KM

    ...AND BANS CABLE TV IN AFGHANISTAN. The Supreme Court on 21 January banned cable television nationwide, international media reported. Chief Justice Shinwari "said cable television programs are against Islamic laws and values," according to Radio Afghanistan. Although the Supreme Court issued the decree, it has acknowledged that it is the government's job to implement the ban. Information and Culture Minister Sayyed Makhdum Rahin told RFE/RL on 21 January that the central government is currently reviewing the court's decision. "The freedom of cable is a part of the freedom of our press," Rahin said. "None of the cable operators had broadcast anything objectionable," "The Guardian" of 22 January quoted Rahin as saying. Rahin added that he hopes the judge's decision will be reversed at a cabinet meeting next week. In the meantime, Rahin said, all cable television companies operating in Afghanistan must register with authorities, RFE/RL reported. KM

    From: RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 13, Part III, 22 January 2003
     
  4. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    So what are we supposed to do? Impose our will like England in the 19th century? That won't work. Without the will of the local people all our effort is wasted. Who says every nation has to be built on the American model, anyway? As long it is the will of a freely decided process and does not threaten our security interest, why should we care?
     

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