In response to a request for an opinion regarding the two Afghan lady judges murdered yesterday in Afghanistan.
Hi Terry, is this a trap?
Coincidentally I had breakfast just now with a young Afghan man whose father was a Mujaheddin, hill fighter, first against the Russians, and then against all-comers.
As the father of girls and as a rational human being, I abhor all violence of any kind including against women, children, and all living creatures. However in reply to your question I, first of all, like to consider the points of view of all those I meet who can give me some sort of a true perspective of the background to what happened.
Suleiman, my young friend, who is a very laid-back person with a good sense of humour, very respectful generally, loves his sister, mother, and grandmother. His comment is to ask me to understand that these people have lived in a culture equivalent to ours of 2 to 300 years ago, up to the Russian invasion, and in many areas still do. He then, amazingly tells me that much of the violence in rural Afghanistan, although carried out by men and youngsters, are instigated by women.
I know and have witnessed the stoning by angry women in Moroccan streets, of any Zemen(passive homosexual men) mad enough to dress up as a woman and flaunt himself. You see, it seems that these societies are defending themselves against outside influences which they consider dangerous or evil.
I purely comment as an observer, totally unbiased but with a willingness to see all points of view, although by this juncture I can imagine that you are beginning to be annoyed. What I experience is that women in, less advanced countries are slowly emancipating themselves, due primarily to the onset of technology and the availability of education, and becoming less enslaved to their traditional place in the family and society. If we invade and want to radically change countries and nations and peoples, just because it suits the higher economic echelons of our, decadent, Western society, it will only have the effect of egging these people on to defending what is theirs, right or wrong, and let me tell you, that as prolific in the fight against the invader as the boys and men are the women.
The arguments on both sides come thick and fast:» We need to progress relentlessly as a race and reach the stars before our planet is destroyed by a supernova or a rogue asteroid,» or «I prefer the traditional Arab toilets as the squatting is much healthier,» or «In Spain, 75% of normal boys in the classroom are accepting homosexual romance as being their only road to a sex life,». Societies need to be evolved individually, not under the jackboot, or at the hands of some mad Obama type sending out the killer drones to wipe out peripheral communities all over the world, on the gleam of suspicion by some inept idiot in the CIA, and calling it peripheral damage if any complete community is erroneously exterminated.
And this is the appendage that the western world would select for the callous murder of these lady judges, peripheral damage, except that as the judges were part of the drive towards western-style globalization of all peoples, and they see fit to use it as good publicity for their cause, it has ceased to be such and is now a heinous crime against civilization.
And meanwhile, in the west bank of invaded Palestine, a young boy named Ali agonises in the dust, shot twice in the belly by a keen Israeli girl soldier of the IOF. It was his first time at a peaceful demonstration, he was just a little boy who disobeyed his grandmother and went, to understand why. The ambulances are not allowed through and some of their drivers are often assaulted by Israeli soldiers, so little Ali must cry his last tears and have his last glimpse of the sky of Palestine lying here on the dirt road? And every day a child is shot here in Palestine and only Ireland, Pakistan and the United Nations stand up and protest, while the media of the western world including the, now biased, BBC, turn a blind eye.
by Paul OGarra