Subject: [fem-women2000 713] Afghani women respond to the attacks (RAWA Statement)
From: lalamaziwa <>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 11:29:21 +0900
Seq: 713

Statement 14 September 2001 by 
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

The people of Afghanistan have nothing to do with
Osama and his accomplices.

On September 11, 2001 the world was stunned with the horrific
terrorist attacks on the United States. RAWA stands
with the rest of the world in expressing our sorrow and
condemnation for this barbaric act of violence and terror.
RAWA had already warned that the United States should not support
the most treacherous, most criminal, most
anti-democracy and anti-women Islamic fundamentalist parties
because after both the Jehadi and the Taliban have
committed every possible type of heinous crimes against our people,
they would feel no shame in committing such
crimes against the American people whom they consider "infidel". In
order to gain and maintain their power, these
barbaric criminals are ready to turn easily to any criminal force.

But unfortunately we must say that it was the government of the
United States who supported Pakistani dictator Gen.
Zia-ul Haq in creating thousands of religious schools from which
the germs of Taliban emerged. In the similar way,
as is clear to all, Osama Bin Laden has been the blue-eyed boy of
CIA. But what is more painful is that American
politicians have not drawn a lesson from their pro-fundamentalist
policies in our country and are still supporting this or
that fundamentalist band or leader. In our opinion any kind of
support to the fundamentalist Taliban and Jehadies is
actually trampling democratic, women's rights and human rights

If it is established that the suspects of the terrorist attacks are
outside the US, our constant claim that fundamentalist
terrorists would devour their creators, is proved once more.
The US government should consider the root cause of this terrible
event, which has not been the first and will not be
the last one too. The US should stop supporting Afghan terrorists
and their supporters once and for all.

Now that the Taliban and Osama are the prime suspects by the US
officials after the criminal attacks, will the US
subject Afghanistan to a military attack similar to the one in 1998
and kill thousands of innocent Afghans for the crimes
committed by the Taliban and Osama? Does the US think that through
such attacks, with thousands of deprived,
poor and innocent people of Afghanistan as its victims, will be
able to wipe out the root-cause of terrorism, or will it
spread terrorism even to a larger scale?

 From our point of view a vast and indiscriminate military attacks
on a country that has been facing permanent
disasters for more than two decades will not be a matter of pride.
We don't think such an attack would be the
expression of the will of the American people.
The US government and people should know that there is a vast
difference between the poor and devastated
people of Afghanistan and the terrorist Jehadi and Taliban

While we once again announce our solidarity and deep sorrow with
the people of the US, we also believe that
attacking Afghanistan and killing its most ruined and destitute
people will not in any way decrease the grief of the
American people. We sincerely hope that the great American people
could DIFFERENTIATE between the people
of Afghanistan and a handful of fundamentalist terrorists. Our
hearts go out to the people of the US.

Down with terrorism!

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
September 14, 2001
***Please circulate this statement. ***

Transmitted by
Nicole Nepton
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