We deplore the 6th black anniversary
of the swarming of fundamentalist criminals into our beloved Kabul. This
anniversary comes at a time when Taliban creatures, far more despicable
and far more hopelessly ignorant than their fundamentalist predecessors,
are reigning in atrocious terror and tyranny. While the ousted fundamentalist
criminals had no compunction in violating the honor of thousands of Kabuli
women and plundering the riches of the city and the country, the Taliban
worms of mediaeval gutters have outdone by far their fundamentalist kindred
in their savage aversion towards every single vestige of humanness, culture,
science and human progress.
With the pouring into Kabul of fundamentalist
miscreants, our people -who for years had been crushed under the boots
of the Russian invaders and their Khalqi and Parchami running
dogs- became snared in a far more infernal trap. What our people and in
particular our agonized women have gone through during the past six years
has no equal in the history of our land. On cue from foreign masters, the
fundamentalists have fanned up the flames of national, religious, ethnic,
lingual and regional wars and have thus succeeded in inducing ethnic and
religious groups -who until yesteryears together created momentous epics
of united resistance against Russian invaders- to fall upon each other.
The horrifying instances of the cutting off of ears and noses or grilling
alive of Pashtuns in metal containers by Hazaras of the Wahdat-i-Islami
band or the hammering in of nails into the skulls of toiling Hazara compatriots
by Pashtuns of Sayyaf's Ittihad-i-Islami band can never be forgotten
by our people.
With the falling of large segments
of the country and of Kabul in particular into the hands of the Taliban
the situation of our unfortunate women has become ever more disastrous.
They are now even forbidden -on pain of being publicly flogged and humiliated
by sick-minded Talib-boys-- to venture out of their homes, thus rendering
desperate the plight of thousands of bereaved women who have no male breadwinners.
Criminal fundamentalists, whether
Rabbani, Khalili, Akbari, Gulbuddin, Masoud, Sayyaf, Mullah Omar, Mullah
Rabbani, or non-fundamentalist warlords such as Dostum, are all identical
in their odious entities and none can in any way be deemed any better than
the other. They are all equally responsible for the on-going tragedy in
Afghanistan. The seeming victory of one over the other can never be final,
and those who cut each other's throats one day can be expected to gang
up the following day in new perfidious alignments for fresh rounds of dog-fighting.
Our people can never be appeased with anything less than a summary trial
and capital punishment of these criminal traitors.
The stink of the Taliban's animosity
towards freedom, democracy and women is so acrid that even their Iranian
and Saudi fundamentalist brethren have been obliged to raise howls of protest
at such "denigration of beloved Islam". Fundamentalists of all
despicable brands and hues abuse religion for the purpose of legitimizing
their treachery and crimes with the stamps of Islam and Islamic law, and
are therefore the worst traitors to the Islamic religion too.
The United States, as the master
player in this Great Chess Game and posing as the prime defender of democracy
and human rights, replaced her Jihadi chessmen in our country with the
mercenary Taliban band to further promote her regional interests. While
strongly deploring the interference and lackey-breeding policies of Iran,
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, the United States and other
countries towards Afghanistan, we believe that it is ridiculous to consider
foreign interference in Afghanistan as the prime cause for the devastation
of our country. Even the criminal fundamentalists make noises every now
and then against foreign interference and attribute all their dog-fighting
and perfidy to such meddling from abroad. Foreign interference is not the
cause but the effect of the traitorous essence of criminal fundamentalists
and mercenary warlords who with unparalleled insolence are ever ready and
willing to put on the dog's collar of whatever foreign power who outdoes
the others in its largesse of arms and dollars.
The futile efforts of the United
Nations, the Organization of Islamic Countries and other international
forums for finding a solution to the Afghanistan problem are all doomed
to failure because on the one hand they all place the destiny of the people
of Afghanistan in the hands of criminal fundamentalist bands and on the
other hand these international bodies are themselves servile instruments
in the hands of powers who for years nurtured and sponsored these very
fundamentalist criminals. The goings and coming and hobnobbings of the
United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi with heads of different belligerent
factions in Afghanistan are all exercises in futility as the root cause
of the bleeding Afghan sore, i.e. the fundamentalist rot, is constantly
ignored. The United Nations should understand that only disarming of the
incumbent criminals and the trial of heads of Jihadi and Taliban bands
can open the way to a meaningful and lasting peace in Afghanistan. It is
relevant to note that if the United Nations had had the interests of the
Afghan people and of peace in Afghanistan at heart it would have expelled
the Rabbani "government" delegate from the UN and declared Afghan
representation off limits to Taliban creatures.
We believe that any and all manifestation
of deference and submissiveness on the part of certain social and political
groupings and individuals and literary circles vis-à-vis
the fundamentalists is abject cowardice, and assert that perpetrators of
such cowardice are bound to ultimately reveal themselves as accomplices
in treason with fundamentalist traitors. We shall therefore struggle unrelentingly
to expose all such collaborators.
The Revolutionary Association of
the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) hereby reiterates that only decisive and
uncompromising struggle against fundamentalism is the key to the solution
of the Afghan conundrum and the cessation of foreign interference in our
country. We call upon all pro-freedom and pro-democracy Afghan organizations
and individuals to wake up to the burden of the great sorrow of our people,
to cast despair overboard, to consider any and all deals and compromises
with the fundamentalist hangmen as high treason and to rally to mobilize
the masses for the formation of a broad anti-fundamentalist front geared
to exposing and ejecting religious fascists and establishing a society
based on democratic values in Afghanistan.
The religious hangmen respond with
bullets to the slightest popular protest. The firing upon the protest march
of the people of Mazar some weeks ago by lackeys of the Iranian regime
is an example which brings home the harsh truth which we have maintained
again and again: that the only response to these myrmidons tyrants and
terrorists can be nothing but blow for blow.
Your contribution to the emancipation
of our homeland from the clutches of Jihadi and Taliban monsters can only
be realized through your accession to patriotic anti- fundamentalist, pro-freedom
and pro-democracy groupings and organizations. Do not allow the monsters
to play with the destiny of our country and our people any more.
Down with Jihadi and Taliban fundamentalists
and their foreign masters!
Hoist high the banner of Freedom
and Democracy over our blood-drenched homeland!
Paymasters of fundamentalist
bands, hands off our country!
- Revolutionary Association
of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
- April 28, 1998