|Asunto:||[MESHIKO] FW: Genocide In Afghanistan / THE WORLD WILL NOT FORGIVE US / Seven Million Afghans May Die Preventable Deaths This Winter***|
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Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 21:10:35 -0700
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Subject: Genocide In Afghanistan / THE WORLD WILL NOT FORGIVE US / Seven
Million Afghans May Die Preventable Deaths This Winter***
From: "Virginia Sanchez" <virsanchez@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 9:43 AM
Subject: Genocide In Afghanistan
THE WORLD WILL NOT FORGIVE US
Seven Million Afghans May Die Preventable Deaths This Winter
Geov Parrish is a columnist at the Seattle Weekly.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published by
WorkingForChange.com, and is republished with permission.
Does anybody in this country get it?
Does anybody understand what the United States is on the verge of doing?
Experienced, respected food aid organizations warn that even before
the bombing of Afghanistan began on October 7, some 7,500,000 Afghans were
-- through a gut-wrenching combination of poverty, drought, war,
dislocation, and repression -- at risk of starving to death this winter.
When the bombing began, almost all delivery of food from the outside world
stopped. Now, roads and bridges are destroyed, millions more people are
dislocated, and the snow is steadily approaching from higher elevations and
from the north.
For weeks, aid organizations, along with voices from throughout the
region, have been begging the United States to call off its bombing
campaign, at least for long enough so that aid agencies can conduct
the massive transfer of food into and throughout Afghanistan that is
necessary to prevent death on a scale the world has not seen in a long, long
time. On our newscasts, it's politely referred to as a "humanitarian
crisis." That's a euphemism that makes "collateral damage" seem humane.
Seven and a half million people at risk of dying in a matter of months.
That's almost four times the number of people Pol Pot took years to kill.
Thirty-five times the number that died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, combined.
If 5,000 died on September 11 (a number that reports are now suggesting is
vastly inflated), we're talking the equivalent number of deaths to ten World
Trade Centers, every day, for 150 days. Slow, painful deaths. Entirely
avoidable deaths. Deaths whose sole cause is not the United States, but most
of which can still be prevented -- except that the United States is refusing
to allow them to be prevented.
It repulses me to say this, but I suspect a lot of Americans don't care.
They'd rather see the United States "get" Osama bin Laden (though there's no
actual evidence that we're any closer to that today than we were two months
ago, and probably the task is harder as he becomes more popular and
protected). A lot of people in this country do not care that a staggering
number of innocent people are on the verge of being condemned to death, or
that most of the world will blame the United States. Correctly.
We should care. If the object of this war was to thwart terrorism -- to
bring existing terrorists to justice, and to isolate them politically and
culturally so that others won't throw in their lot -- in less than a month,
the United States has perpetrated one of the most abject failures in
military history. It still does not know where any of Al Qaeda's leadership
even is. It is on the verge of succeeding in its goal of creating a unified
Afghanistan government -- unfortunately, Afghans are uniting behind the
Taliban, as warlord after warlord sets aside long-standing differences to
stand shoulder to shoulder to fight the American invaders. Tens of thousands
more young Muslim men are lining up to cross the borders into Afghanistan to
join them. The ones that survive the experience will carry a lifetime of
hate: living, breathing proof that within a month, America bombed a country
but lost its war in spectacular fashion.
A situation is unfolding in which there is absolutely no moral ambiguity at
all, and for which many people will want to hold each of us as accountable
as the world held post-war Germans. Where were you?
That's today. What will happen if millions of Afghans die this winter? How
much future terrorism will the dunderheads of the Bush Administration have
inspired then? If several million Islamic sisters and brothers starve to
death, innocent civilians trapped between winter and the rage of America,
how many of Islam's 1.2 billion adherents -- or the five billion other
people on earth -- are going to take George Bush's proclamations about
eradicating "terrorists" and "evildoers" to heart, and label him, and us, as
the prime examples?
In less than two months, the United States government has gone from
the moral high ground of being victimized by one of the most heinous crimes
in world history, to being within a week or two of quite visibly committing
a crime so much larger as to obliterate the world's memory of September 11.
Remarkably, almost nobody in the United States seems to have either noticed,
understood, or cared. While even progressives wring their hands over the
ambiguity of a war fought under the auspices of America's legitimate right
to defend itself, a situation is unfolding in which there is absolutely no
moral ambiguity at all, and for which many people will want to hold
each of us as accountable as the world held post-war Germans. Where
were you? What did you say? How could you allow this to happen? Or, a more
likely reaction in the Islamic world: Why should millions of you not die as
well? America will have set out to isolate one man, and instead killed
millions and isolated itself. And much of the world will not rest until we
are brought to our knees.
Seven and a half million people. The snowline is creeping down the
mountainsides. The food is almost gone. The infrastructure is in shambles.
There will be no "independent verification" of the body count. There wasn't
in the Holocaust or Rwanda or Cambodia, either.
The judgment of the world did not need one. The clock is ticking. Where were
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