Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Did we really liberate Afghanistan?

As of the 15th of this month 133 British Forces personnel or MOD civilians have been killed in Afghanistan.

Now why is that? For freedom? Don't make me laugh. If Afghanistan has been liberated why can someone be sentenced to death for reading about Women's Rights (later commuted to 20 years), or face death for the "crime" of wanting to change religion. This is a country remember where young girls have to fear going to school because they are at risk of acid attack.

And now this:

From the article:

This image, taken by US photographer Stephanie Sinclair in Afghanistan, has been named Unicef Photo of the Year. Pictured are Mohammed, 40, and his new 11-year-old wife, Ghulam.

The terror in that little girl's eyes breaks my heart into a thousand pieces—especially because we are meant to have freed her; we are meant to have given her a better life.

"In the last two-and-a-half years, we have seen remarkable and hopeful development in world history. Just think about it: More than 50 million men, women and children have been liberated from two of the most brutal tyrannies on earth—50 million people are free. All these people are now learning the blessings of freedom."President George Bush, claiming victory over tyranny on behalf of women at a White House Celebration of International Women's Day, March 12, 2004.

According to Unicef, about 60 million girls around the world are married while still children. The blessings of freedom.

Consider this, while you're enjoying your Christmas dinner that little girl might be being raped by her "husband".

Thins were bad under the Taleban and it's great that they've been deposed but to call what was put in their place freedom is an insult to those, like this 11 year old girl, who still live without fundamental rights.

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