Monday, April 28, 2003

Breeding Terrorists

One thing we know about terrorist organization is that the often get their recruits from places were the only alternative is dire poverty. While many terrorists and Islamic fundamentalist blame the U.S. for everything and anything that is wrong, the last thing we want to be doing is providing another example that we don't care about anyone else but ourselves. By leaving Afghanistan in total disarray after our overthrow there (remember the Administration "forgot" to fund any relief in Afghanistan in the 2003 Budget), we are only creating a climate for more distrust and hatred of America.

It was late afternoon on Dec. 1, 2001, when U.S. warplanes appeared over Madoo. The people of Madoo were observing Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.
"It was the time of breaking fast, and we were just sitting together to have dinner," Munir, 12, recalled. "We heard the voice of the planes, and we went outside to see what was happening. A bomb landed on our home. There weren't any Taliban or Arabs with us. For nothing they dropped bombs here."
After the first bombers left, Munir's mother and 8-year-old sister were dead. His infant brother, Abdul Haq, was buried alive. Relatives spied the boy's foot sticking out of a mound of dirt and dug him out.
The bombers returned three times, villagers said. In all, the people of Madoo say they buried at least 55 loved ones.
Many bodies were too damaged to identify. Some of the dozens of mounds in Madoo's hillside burial ground are marked with two and three pieces of wood, signifying that the remains of more than one person are interred there.
"Before, it was good here," Munir said. "The people and my father worked on the land. Life was better than it is now. We have lost everything."
- April Witt, Washington Post - After the Airstrikes, Just Silence

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