Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Afghan People Prefer To Live Under The Taliban

Porak, Afghanistan – After a gang of bandits continuously terrorized the district of Porak last month, the villagers could not stand it any longer.

"We complained several times to the government and even showed them where the thieves lived," Ahmad, a local resident said.

But those bandits are still operating freely. So the resident of Porak began to turn to the Taliban to raise their complaints. In no time Taliban fighters showed up. They tried and convicted the gangsters and threatened harsher punishments should they be caught stealing again. The bandits have not showed up since then.

In the provinces around Kabul, the government are considered to be as almost non-existent or as having disappeared already, a local resident said. In this area the Taliban is more effective, the shadow government of Taliban have already spread and the local people are supporting them.

"So people turned to the Taliban," Abdel Qabir, who works with an international NGO, said.

Days after the 9/11 attacks, the US invaded Afghanistan to topple the ruling Taliban regime. Despite the deployment of 64,000 foreign troops under US and NATO command, violence has soar over the past years. A high-profile US intelligence report has concluded earlier this month that Afghanistan is on a "downward spiral" due to rising violence and official corruption.

Parallel Governments

Taliban now has a strong presence in all seven of Logar's districts, and they openly rule in four of them. In neighboring Ghazni province, Taliban is in full control of 13 of its 18 districts. In Wardak, which neighbors Kabul, it controls of six of the eight districts.

"The police are just for show," says one local. "The Taliban are the real power here."

A recent report by the Senlis Council think-tank said that Taliban, which ruled from 1996 to 2001, has now permanent presence in more than half of Afghanistan.

"This is a major problem for them [government]," says Habibullah Rafeh, a political analyst with the Afghanistan Academy of Sciences.

"Even though the Taliban can't capture Kabul militarily because of the strength of the international forces there, the government can't stop them from operating freely just outside of the city."

In areas under its control, Taliban has set governments complete with police chiefs and education and judicial committees.

"We prefer these courts to the government courts," says Fazel Wali, an NGO worker in Ghazni. He noted that Taliban courts have a reputation of working much faster than government ones, which are ridden with corruption.

"At least we have security and justice," contends Abdul Halim, a local in Ghazni province is a Taliban supporter.

"They may not provide jobs, but at least they share the same culture and brought security," agrees Qabir, the Logar resident.


Prisoner Of Joy said...

It is now so well established that people know for certain that the Americans and their Western allies do not care about Afghan lives or property. Scores of bombed-out Afghan villages and the rapidly expanding graveyards (the only growth industry in Afghanistan) in each village are grim and permanent reminders of American-NATO brutality.

Most aid-workers live in luxury while the Afghans suffer poverty. Government corruption is so widespread . Karzai, of course, does not care about the people; his only concern is to line his own pocket and those of his relatives, friends and the ubiquitous warlords that run the country by dividing it into little fiefdoms.

The scorn of many people in the West toward the Taliban is indicative of their own Western arrogance, prejudice, and of their ignorance . Read also the following links:

Anonymous said...

The american people are brainwashed by their corporate media. Many are moving away from that at an exponential rate. Yes there is arrogance in the people of the west, but it has been onset by corporate social influence on nearly all fronts. Don't hate them for it, try to help them by giving them facts about what is really going on. The invasion of Afganistan was more about western control of oil and drug trade than getting Bin Laden, who probably was not responsible for 911, and there are stacks of evidence about as high as the buildings that fell (due to thermite, not fuel or any other story the american government gives) to suggest that.