Guerrilla News, November 26, 2001
Guerrilla of the Week
In the beginning of this conflict, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) were powerful spokespeople for the anti-Taliban cause. The group, which bills itself as "a political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women's rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan," brought their chilling tales of abuse under Taliban rule to scores of media outlets, from Larry King Live to Marie Claire magazine. On their web site, videos and photos of Taliban evils were seen by millions.
But when the respected human rights group issued a politically inconvenient statement about the Northern Alliance's own abuse of women the information was met with mostly deaf ears. Few of the scores of media outlets who had previously covered their campaign against the Taliban published their warnings about America's new allies.
The following is the text of RAWA's statement on the NA released on Nov. 13:
The people of Afghanistan do not accept domination of the Northern Alliance!
Now it is confirmed that the Taliban have left Kabul and the Northern Alliance has entered the city.
The world should understand that the Northern Alliance is composed of some bands who did show their real criminal and inhuman nature when they were ruling Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996.
The retreat of the terrorist Taliban from Kabul is a positive development, but entering of the rapist and looter NA in the city is nothing but a dreadful and shocking news for about 2 million residents of Kabul whose wounds of the years 1992-96 have not healed yet.
Thousands of people who fled Kabul during the past two months were saying that they feared coming to power of the NA in Kabul much more than being scared by the US bombing.
The Taliban and Al-Qaeda will be eliminated, but the existence of the NA as a military force would shatter the joyful dream of the majority for an Afghanistan free from the odious chains of barbaric Taliban. The NA will horribly intensify the ethnic and religious conflicts and will never refrain to fan the fire of another brutal and endless civil war in order to retain in power. The terrible news of looting and inhuman massacre of the captured Taliban or their foreign accomplices in Mazar-e-Sharif in past few days speaks for itself.
Though the NA has learned how to pose sometimes before the West as "democratic" and even supporter of women's rights, but in fact they have not at all changed, as a leopard cannot change its spots.
RAWA has already documented heinous crimes of the NA. Time is running out. RAWA on its own part appeals to the UN and world community as a whole to pay urgent and considerable heed to the recent developments in our ill-fated Afghanistan before it is too late.
We would like to emphatically ask the UN to send its effective peace-keeping force into the country before the NA can repeat the unforgettable crimes they committed in the said years.
The UN should withdraw its recognition to the so-called Islamic government headed by Rabbani and help the establishment of a broad-based government based on the democratic values.
RAWA's call stems from the aspirations of the vast majority of the people of Afghanistan.