The civil war absolutely did spawn the Taliban and initially, the people universally loved it, by reports. Chaos and the law of the warlord and gun
with no justice for anyone that wasn't taken by force. That is what the Taliban brought order to, initially anyway. Thats the image that reached the
West then and books support it. Books from folks who were there and lived it.
The Taliban are NOT
nice people. In fact, I believe they are among the most evil
people to have held Government power anywhere in modern
times. However, don't take my word on anything for why. There is a very well respected, awarded and established Investigative Reporter and Human
Rights Activist who has been in and among it all from way back when people were in Kabul were calling each other Comrade.
first arrived in Afghanistan in
and reported extensively on Afghanistan through the Occupation and Taliban
I put some real effort into finding a voice on this that was as close to acceptable to everyone as can probably ever be had.
As Sohaila, completely covered in the shroud-like burqa veil, was forced to kneel and then flogged, Taliban "cheerleaders" had the stadium
ringing with the chants of onlookers. Among those present there were just three women: the young Afghan, and two female relatives who had accompanied
These Friday circuses, at which Rome's Caligula would doubtless have felt at home, are to become weekly fixtures for the entertainment-starved
male residents of Kabul. Now that "weak officials" have been purged from key ministries, says the city's governor, Manan Niazi, who like many of
the regime's officials is also a mullah, the way has been cleared for such displays. "We have a lot of such unpunished cases, but the previous civil
servants didn't have the courage to do what we are doing. These people have now been replaced, and these events will continue."
(This is the
stadium I mentioned in another post. The stadium where no games were played. It was built, as I recall, from UN funds for sports and culture)
Earlier that same week, three men accused of "buggery" had been sentenced to death by being partially buried in the ground and then having a
wall pushed over on them by a bulldozer, a bizarre and labor-intensive form of execution dreamed up by the supreme leader of the Taliban, the
36-year-old Mullah Mohammad Omar.
(That would be the crime of being Gay, by the way. Homosexuality was a capital offense)
One woman had the top of her thumb amputated for the crime of wearing nail polish. And when the Taliban castrated and then hanged the former
communist president and his brother in 1996, they left their bloodied bodies dangling from lampposts in busy downtown Kabul for three days.
Photographs of the corpses appeared in news magazines and newspapers around the world.
(real swell fellows there. Gadaffi got off easy by
comparison and I think the people who murdered Gadaffi that way are animals)
Source for above material
The Taliban regime claim they are restoring Afghanistan to the "purity of Islam," and the Western press invariably parrots them. But authorities
in a number of Muslim countries insist that few of the regime's dictates have a basis in Islam. And just as the U.N. has denied the Taliban a seat in
the General Assembly, so too, the Organization of Islamic Conference, a 55-country body, has withheld both a seat and recognition from the regime.
"The Taliban is not the image the Islamic world wants to project," says one Muslim diplomat. And with good reason.
(It's a LONG Article..this is a small piece. It's
worth going to read)
This piece is also by Jan Goodwin and is far more ....detailed and far reaching in the atrocities being described. Whatever the Taliban are and were
then, GOOD people is not something they should ever be mistaken for, IMO.
I suppose it's a matter of 'To each their own' in wanting to idolize and look up to these people and what they represent in their corner of far out
extremism, but lets not miss the target in describing what they DO represent.
I really want to hear how anyone would find this source to be disinfo or an NWO agent or something if someone does find fault with her and her
background for credibility. Her name links to her site and who and what she has worked with and been awarded by.