A Woman Among Warlords

Via Pacific Free Press (This is What Courage Looks Like): Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician who has been called “the bravest woman in Afghanistan.” As an elected member of the Wolesi Jirga from Farah province, she has publicly denounced the presence of what she considers warlords and war criminals in the parliament. She is the author of “A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.”

From the Toronto Star article posted this past Thursday:

“Canada should pull its troops out now,” she said in Toronto on Wednesday… And, she says, U.S. President Barack Obama, who is considering a surge in troop levels to battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban, should think again.

“The United States should go, too. As long as foreign troops are in the country we will be fighting two enemies instead of one.”

Yes, she says, there is a risk of civil war, as happened when the Soviet Union gave up the fight against U.S.-backed Afghan Islamists 20 years ago. But it would still be better than “night raids, torture and aerial bombardment” that killed hundreds of Afghan civilians while the Taliban made steady gains.

But of course, her warnings will go completely unheeded and the reckless March of Folly will continue unabated for years to come.


3 Replies to “A Woman Among Warlords”

  1. Meanwhile our government (for want of a better word) is frantically trying to find ways to work around their promise to leave.

  2. Oh yeah… we’re going to stay until the ANA and ANP are fully trained up. What a joke. Eventually they’re just going to defect or rebel anyway. Another complete waste of time and money.

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