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Fear and Learning in Kabul


Fear and Learning in Kabul

Kathy Kelly

"Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world… Shall we say the odds are too great? … the struggle is too hard? … and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message -- of longing, of hope, of solidarity… The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise, we must choose in this crucial moment of human history." —Dr. Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam


I had not yet read this article when I spoke to how fear was fundamental to the contruction of the Militarist patriachies we see in our societies today. That is their tool be it premised on a fear of god and eternal damnation unless one obeys or on fear of Savages on the frontier , Black slaves, Nazis , Bolsheviks, Communists or Terrorists.

Thank you Ms Kelly. A world where its children can grow up without fear will be a saner world and a more peaceful one.


I wish those people well. I don’t think that it bodes well for the future when an instant crowd of 2000 can be mobilized to kill an innocent woman. I’m not sure why she never mentions the Soviets massive contribution to this mess. They managed to kill somewhere on the magnitude of 100 times more civilians, as well as destroying the ancient infrastructure of the agricultural community and destroying virtually all the livestock…as well as setting the different ethnic groups against each other.The US certainly didnt help when we cut back our aid and finally abandoned them under the Clinton Administration. I don’t know what is going to happen to those girl students when the Taliban comes back…but I have a pretty good idea.


You mean the Taliban that were intially supported by the US to topple the Socialist Government in place at the time?


No, I mean the Taliban that was created in the madresses of pakistan and then usurped power over the various local groups after the Russians pulled out. And if you mean the " socialist"
government that “asked” for the Russians to invade- killing 1-1.5 million civilians…yes that one. The fact of the matter is the Taliban is coming back. According to the U.N. they already are destroying over 100 of the new schools a year…mainly because they are trying to educate females. The corrupt govt forces will scatter like chaff in the wind. I think they are beyond redemption at this point. To bad.


Although Suspira, I do think it was a mistake to supply the radical islamists any support. The battle was basically between a Soviet style communist government controlled by the USSR and hated by the general population on one sideand Islamic forces on the other… Talk about a no win situation. The government was instituting reforms to de-radicalize the country but was killing all opposition. The Islamic forces wished to maintain the status quo of no rights for women, an Islamic state, ect al;


You ARE aware that the textbooks provided to those Madrasses in Pakistan, ones extolling submission to Allah and waging jihad on the godless socialists, were printed in the USA as part of the plan too draw the Soviets into Afghanistan and stir unrest in the Provinces of the USSR that were predominantly Muslim?


The Carter administration triggered the jihadist uprising in 1979 against a socialist government with ties to the USSR, then the USSR rolled in to protect their ally and then the jihadists, armed by the USA, flogged the USSR’s military in a very bloody civil war. Naturally, Afghanistan became a mess.

How odd that someone (the author of the article) attempting to pursue the USA’s aims of helping Afghanistan re-develop itself is now in a USAian prison.