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Friday, November 14, 2008

Afghani Sisters Sprayed with Acid by Taliban for Attending School

Lest we forget who and what it is we're fighting, allow me to remind you of the type of radical culture we're up against:

CNN did two very powerful documentaries on the lives of women in Afghanistan. Here is a brief clip from the second documentary:

Sold as a Child Bride, Many Women Burn Themselves to Escape, and Conditions for Women are Often Bleak were other sections in the second CNN documentary.

VOA did a similar story:

So did AlJazeera - English:

I worked for CNN as an intern two summers ago. I've seen the unedited film of the second CNN "Lifting the Veil" documentary... the unedited raw footage of the women who had burned themselves alive in hopes that they would die before anyone put the flames out - because incinerating themselves, to these poor women, was a welcomed release to the type of life forced upon them by the Taliban.

There are no words I can use to describe the sadness that filled my heart when I saw this footage. It was at this point that I, as an undergraduate student, realized the greater purpose of our wars abroad. Suddenly, it didn't feel cool any more to mock the War on Terror. I didn't feel noble anymore when I argued for the cause of peace... not when there were human beings being treated like this; not when I have it so good relative to those who have it so very bad.

There IS hope for these women, but this hope entails that America stays in the Middle East and finishes the War on Terror. I’ve discussed Bush’s war cassius belli before on this blog, and I won’t reiterate here, but suffice it to say that if you believe in nothing else, believe that we can NOT leave until we COMPLETELY remove the oppressive terrorist regimes from Afghanistan and Iraq and help those countries build up their own security to a point where our assistance is no longer required.

Let’s hope that that these desired results are reaped as soon as possible, let’s hope that we can minimize the loss of life in the process, but let us not hope (just for the sake of hoping) that these problems will fix themselves. Instead, let’s “hope” that we “be the ‘change’ we desire in the world.” Let’s hope that, when we do leave the Middle East, it looks a lot less like what you saw above, and at least a little more like the scene you see in this school yard:

While this school is a perfect example of progress experienced in Afghanistan since the war against the Taliban began, it is just one of a very few safe havens for young girls seeking education in Afghanistan. As the end of this last clip shows, there is still a strong resistance to equality in the culture. We cannot force Afghanistan to model their culture after our own in every respect, nor should we. But what we can do, what we've been doing, and what I pray to God we are allowed to finish doing, is eliminate the terrorist regimes and return the direction of the culture to the people. We can't solve all of the world's problems, but when there's an identifiable enemy waging war on basic human rights, we should fight that enemy by any reasonable means.

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