Power of Story Send a Tweet        

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (2 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   No comments
General News

Farzana, "2 Million Friends' and a Ceasefire in Afghanistan

By       Message Kathy Kelly       (Page 2 of 2 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page.     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 9/3/12

Author 1811
Become a Fan
  (4 fans)
- Advertisement -

The limited and cosmetic gains in women's rights in Afghanistan have not been introduced by bullets from U.S./NATO's guns, so the reduction of U.S./NATO troops will not compromise these initial gains.

Moreover, as many as 20,000 U.S./NATO troops will be authorized to stay for another 10 years beyond 2014 when a U.S. Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement is agreed upon within the next year. The Obama administration has already ensured the continued presence of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in Article number 6 of the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement which states that "Afghanistan shall provide U.S. forces continued access to and use of Afghan facilities through 2014, and beyond as may be agreed in The Bilateral Security Agreement, for the purposes of combating al-Qaeda and its affiliates, training the Afghan National Security Forces ( who are shooting back at them!), and other mutually determined missions to advance shared security interests.'

Where are Afghan women's rights in this strategy?

On March 14, 2011, the Washington Post featured Rajiv Chandrasekaran's article, "In Afghanistan, U.S. shifts strategy on women's rights as it eyes wider priorities' . Chandrasekaran recently made waves with his description of "the war within the Afghan war' in his new book Little America. In his 2011 article, he quoted a senior U.S. official who said, "Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities. There's no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down."

- Advertisement -

What the senior U.S. official was saying was, "Women's rights? We have higher, "front-seat' priorities. Women's rights are 'pet rocks' that are 'taking us down.'"

Be friends, talk, and build'

"If you want to talk and build, it is impossible to start by fighting. When you kill a human being, what is there to build?"

- Advertisement -

"I have a pain and my husband and fellow Afghan citizens, men and women, share the pain with me. It is the pain of being treated as less than humans. We are human beings. We have wishes. War has brought this pain on us. War kills our joy and hides our tears."

"I dream that war will end in Afghanistan someday, so Afghans will exercise their right to live, study and work. Fighting brings hate and vengeful thoughts and feelings. I wish that the Shakespearean play could be performed in Afghanistan someday, though there's concern that there'll be trouble."


Part of Farzana's dream for the war to end will be enthusiastically pursued through the " 2 Million Friends' campaign for peace in Afghanistan, a campaign of Farzana and the Afghan Peace Volunteers to find "2 Million Friends' around the world to organize activities on December 10 calling for a ceasefire in Afghanistan and in remembrance of the 2 million Afghan victims of war they have lost over the past four decades. You could "Be One of 2 Million Friends' in signing a Petition to the U.N. to negotiate for a multilateral ceasefire in Afghanistan . No more killing!   

Farzana calls out to our compassionate imagination, " Instead of fight, talk and build, I suggest, "Be friends, talk and build!'"

Dr. Hakim ( weeteckyoung@gmail.com ) mentors the Afghan Peace Volunteers ( www.ourjourneytosmile.com )



- Advertisement -


Next Page  1  |  2

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Kathy Kelly is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and a co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end economic sanctions against Iraq. She and her companions helped send over 70 delegations to Iraq, from 1996 to (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Not So Land of the Free

Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training

A Future in Prison

On the Quality of Mercy

Report from prison: Possibility of Escape

Truth and Trauma in Gaza