posted on Nov, 25 2012 @ 10:04 AM
Women in Afghanistan 1967 and 2011
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Photos like this are being spread across the internet lately, and they are dangerous for a few reasons. If you’re too lazy to read below; basically
ignorant Americans are getting their jingoist boots on and blaming ‘Towel heads’ and ‘Sand n*ggers’, overseas governments, and the Islamic
religion for problems that were actually directly and INTENTIONALLY instigated by Western superpowers and their allies.
Firstly, here’s a brief history lesson on Afghanistan.
From 1933 until 1973, Afghanistan was ruled under a man named Mohammed Zahir Shah. While he was a devout Muslim, he had a Western education in
France.His reign marked four decades of peace and stability.
With the introduction of a constitution Afghanistan progressively developed into a modern democratic state with free elections and a parliament, as
well as a massive push for women’s rights, universal suffrage, education, worker’s rights, and civil rights.
So yes, Afghanistan was doing well in the 60’s as this photo suggests. However, the photo doesn’t provide the contextual explanation for what went
wrong within their society.
During this period in time the Soviet Union also had a strong influence in Afghanistan. They supported modernization and education in the Afghan
The United States, not wanting to risk their hegemony in the region, clearly had a major problem with this.
They were terrified of the spread of Communism and quickly developed a plan. Afghanistan would become the Cold War’s chessboard. In the late 80’s,
the Saudis, Pakistanis, and the Americans brought in radical Islamists from around the world.
They armed, trained, and directed them into a militant force, and they were called the Mujahideen. They became the US’ main offense against the
It wasn’t to defend the Afghans against the Soviets who were ready to pull out, but to deliver as much harm against them imaginable. Carter wanted
Afghanistan to be the Soviet’s “Vietnam”. And it was.
When they finally retreated, Afghanistan spun into chaos and a civil war ensued under the militant mujahideen warriors. Within this framework we saw
the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and of course Osama bin Laden. All under the auspices of the United States security forces and American
tax-payer monies. Clinton’s bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan was directly responsible for their rise.
Oh, and then, in what was most likely one of the greatest immoral injustices of the 21st century, the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 only
further driving the besieged nation further into turmoil.
What does this mean? The mujahideen, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda do not represent thousands of years of Afghan culture and Islam. They are a direct
reaction to Western imperialism.
The root cause for the disparity between the two pictures is foreign intervention by the US and it’s allies. Not Islam, and certainly not Arabs.