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RAWA: On The US Strikes On Afghanistan

Taliban should be overthrown by the uprising of Afghan nation

RAWA: On The US Strikes On Afghanistan

Again, due to the treason of fundamentalist hangmen, ourpeople have been caught in the claws of the monster of a vast war anddestruction. 

America, by forming an international coalition againstOsama and his Taliban-collaborators and in retaliation for the 11th Septemberterrorist attacks, has launched a vast aggression on our country.

Despite the claim of the US that only military andterrorist bases of the Taliban and Al Qieda will be struck and that its actionswould be accurately targeted and proportionate, we have witnessed for the pastseven days leaves no doubt that this invasion will shed the blood of numerouswomen, men, children, young and old of our country.

If until yesterday the US and its allies, without payingthe least attention to the fate of democracy in Afghanistan, were supporting thepolicy of Jehadis-fostering, Osama-fostering and Taliban-fostering, today theyare sharpening the dagger of the "Northern Alliance". And because ofthis policy they have plunged our people into a horrific concern and anxiety infear of re-experiencing the dreadful happenings of the years of the Jehadis'"emirate".

Afghans, while keeping in mind the tremendous disastersthey faced at the hands of Jehadi and Taliban vultures, just hang onto theirhope for the return of the ex-king. However, if he comes to the scene whilerelying on the "Northern Alliance" and so-called "moderate"Taliban, he not only will lose his reputation among the people but it willendanger the stability and success of whatever set-up he forms.

In the time of the Taliban's medievalist domination, noAfghan and no honorable and mindful Muslim will be deceived by the"nationalistic" gestures of Taliban who invite the Afghan people andeven the whole Muslim world for "Jehad" against America. Any person,group or government that supports the Taliban, no matter under what pretext, isthe enemy of the Afghan people, the people who also hate the "anti-Osama"and "anti-terrorism" acts of the "Northern Alliance"murderers. Our people not only have not forgotten the five years after thecollapse of the puppet regime of Najib--the most horrible years of terrorism andunchastity--but as well they don't forget the time when the Jehadis themselveswere the cheap servants of Abdullah Ezam and Osama bin Laden.

Now the "Northern Alliance" groups lie in ambushlike hungry wolves so they, while riding the guns of the US, can assault andswarm into Kabul and in proportion to the depth and width of their"conquests", besides committing vandalism like the years before, gainground in order to bargain for position in the second "emirate", andas a consequence again spoil the aspiration of the people for the establishmentof a stable and democratic government acceptable to all.

The continuation of US attacks and the increase in thenumber of innocent civilian victims not only gives an excuse to the Taliban, butalso will cause the empowering of the fundamentalist forces in the region andeven in the world.

Our people have two options: Either the eradication of theplague of Taliban and Al Qieda--though they (our people) didn't have any part inits cultivation and germination--and the establishment of a government based ondemocratic values, or to hand over Afghanistan to these forces who havedependence, looting, crime and national treason as the main components of theirperfidious entity.

Our compatriots, therefore, must rise up for a thoroughdemolition of Taliban and their Osamas so the world should understand that thetired, wounded, mournful and deserted Afghans not only in word, but practicallytoo, have no connection with the criminals and don't regard a handful of Arab ornon-Arab terrorists as "honorable guests".

Only an overall uprising can prevent the repetition andrecurrence of the catastrophe that has befallen our country before and with oreven without the presence of the UN peace-keeping force this uprising can pavethe way for the establishment of an interim government and preparation forelections. We believe that once there is no foreign interference, especially ofa fundamentalist type, all ethnic groups of all religions, with no regard to thedevilish designs of the fundamentalists, will, prove their solidarity forachieving the most sacred national interests for the sake of a proud and freeAfghanistan.

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)asks that all anti-fundamentalist, freedom and democracy-loving and pro-women'srights forces and also the ex-king of Afghanistan, before it is too late, mustplay their role in the organizing of mass-uprising and as well thwart the plansof the internal and external enemies of Afghanistan.

The peace and justice-loving people of the world will be onthe side of the Afghan people.

(Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)October 11, 2001. This statement has already been widely distributed insideAfghanistan in Pushtu and Persian languages)