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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Saturday, 07 August 2010 07:56

 

Why the Afghan War Being Waged by the United States and its NATO Allies Is Beyond Redemption. And the Only Solution to End It

 

By Bobby Reyes

 

T he execution of eight foreign medical workers last Wednesday, August 4, 2010, presumably by Islamic militants in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan is another argument why foreigners, including foreign armies, should leave the God-forsaken country.

 

To read the news account of the execution of the eight foreign medical volunteers (six Americans, a Briton and a German) along with two Afghan translators, please click on this link:

6 Americans on medical team killed in Afghanistan

 

This writer has penned an article that predicted that the Afghan War would go the way of the Vietnam War. At the end, the American forces will simply abandon the fight and leave. History will just repeat itself, to use an oft-quote cliché. So, why prolong the tragedy and suffer more senseless deaths? To read the article, please go to: Michael Steele Is Simply Telling that the War in Afghanistan Will End Up Like the Vietnam War

 

The news account of the slaying of the eight foreign medical volunteers says that the deaths were done execution style. The only survivor said that he recited the holy Quran and pleaded, “I am Muslim. Don’t kill me.” And his life was spared.

 

He told me he was shouting and reciting the holy Quran and saying 'I am Muslim. Don't kill me', Kemtuz said. He said the survivor described how the group was surrounded by armed men on the road and then attacked, and the doctors were shot to death one by one.

 

Possibly the Only Solution to End the Afghan War and Conflicts in Islamic Countries

 

P erhaps it is time to follow this writer’s and other pundits’ suggestion that the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim countries be settled by, and/or with the help of, a World Islamic Police (adopted for want of a better term) backed by all-Muslim engineering brigades and medical corps. Please read the following articles in support of this offered solution to wars and conflicts in the Muslim World:

 

The Concept of an Islamic Peacekeeping Force (As Proposed in MabuhayRadio in 2007) Is Now Being Talked About

 

RP Track Record in Fielding UN Peacekeepers a Good Argument for Proposed All-Muslim Peacekeepers from Mindanao

 

The SEATO Should Be Revived to Help Pakistan Secure its A-Bombs and Combat Terrorism .

 

The truth is that only Muslims can solve their own problems. And outsiders, especially those who do not belong to the Islamic faith, have no right to meddle in the disputes of, and in, the Muslim World.

 

H ere are the excerpts of the news items about the execution of the eight foreign medical workers and their translators, as reviewed by this online publication:

 

(Aug. 7) – Six Americans, a Briton and a German all working for a Christian medical charity in Afghanistan have been ambushed and killed by militants, their group said today.

Two Afghan translators were also killed with the eight foreign aid workers – three women and five men – whom they'd been helping. Their bodies were found riddled with bullets next to their abandoned vehicles in a mountainous area of Badakhshan province, the provincial police chief told The New York Times.

The victims were a group of foreign medical personnel who'd been working at an eye-care center in remote
Nuristan, and were returning to the Afghan capital when they were ambushed, the International Assistance Mission said in a statement on its website. The charity lost contact with the group on Wednesday evening, and a local shepherd later found their bodies and alerted Afghan police, CNN reported.

‘We object to this senseless killing of people who have done nothing but serve the poor. Some of the foreigners have worked alongside the Afghan people for decades,’ the IAM statement said, noting that the charity has worked in Afghanistan since 1966, making it the longest-serving NGO there.

 

T his is one of the largest death tolls for foreign aid workers in Afghanistan in a single incident, and the deadliest episode for American civilians there since a suicide bomber killed seven CIA agents at a base in eastern Afghanistan last year. It also underscores the danger for charity workers there, whom the Taliban often view as collaborators with U.S. and NATO forces, rather than humanitarian non-combatants. Earlier this summer, gunmen and suicide bombers stormed the northern Afghan offices of the U.S.-based DAI charity, killing at least five people.

One of the victims of this week's ambush, a female British doctor identified as 36-year-old Karen Woo, had set up a Facebook page for the fated Nuristan expedition, requesting donations for the charity and posting photos of herself and Afghan children. Another photo shows at least two SUVs on a rocky path in
Nuristan surrounded by snow-capped mountains, in a hauntingly idyllic scene not far from where the group was killed.

Woo also wrote a blog for another group, Bridge Afghanistan, which is carrying a message from one of her colleagues today, noting the "terrible news" and confirming the doctor's death. Before departing for
Nuristan, Woo wrote that the expedition would "require a lot of physical and mental resolve and will not be without risk."

"But ultimately, I believe that the provision of medical treatment is of fundamental importance and that the effort is worth it in order to assist those that need it most," she wrote.

Also among those killed was Tom Little, an American optometrist from Delmar, N.Y., who'd been working with IAM in Afghanistan for decades, supervising eye hospitals in Kabul and smaller clinics in several other towns. He was one of those forced to evacuate the country in August 2001, after eight Christian aid workers were arrested for allegedly trying to convert Afghans to Christianity. But he returned to live in
Afghanistan after the U.S. invasion.

Nothing was left behind at the scene of the attack – passports, wallets nor any of the medical professionals' equipment or personal items – suggesting robbery could have been a motive. But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told VOA News and other agencies that his group's fighters suspected the doctors of being "Christian missionaries."

"We killed them all," Mujahed was quoted as saying. He didn't offer proof, and it's possible that bandits were instead to blame. In the past, the Taliban has misleadingly claimed responsibility for attacks to exaggerate its power.

Badakhshan is a mainly ethnic Tajik province of northern
Afghanistan that borders neighboring Tajikistan. Ironically, it was one of the few Afghan provinces that was autonomous and not under tight Taliban control when the Islamic militia ruled Afghanistan before the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Once its work was completed in
Nuristan, the medical group had decided to head back to Kabul via Badakhshan because they thought it would be the safest route, IAM director Dirk Frans told The Associated Press.

A third Afghan man who'd been traveling with the group survived the ambush and is being questioned by police, the provincial police chief, Gen. Agha Noor Kemtuz, told Al-Jazeera.

"He told me he was shouting and reciting the holy Quran and saying 'I am Muslim. Don't kill me'," Kemtuz said. He said the survivor described how the group was surrounded by armed men on the road and then attacked, and the doctors were shot to death one by one.


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Comments (2)
1 Monday, 09 August 2010 05:54
lolo bobby:

You wrote: "The truth is that only Muslims can solve their own problems. And outsiders, especially those who do not belong to the Islamic faith, have no right to meddle in the disputes of the Muslim World" [kut]

yan ho ang pinakasimpling sulosyon sa problemang masalimuot pa sa b...bol. kesa nga naman sa amerika naglalaban eh di sa afganistan na o kung saan man; yon nga lang ang kawawa naman eh yong mga batang bata na nagbubuwis ng buhay...oh well.

musta na kayo? pag napaliga kayo sa pinas bukas ang aming tahanan. pirme naman hong bukas yon dahil ang kubo namin ay walang pinto. lol. (this is what ninong miss ho, the old days of light moments in botomo)

manoling
dumuklay west, batangas city
philippines
2 Monday, 09 August 2010 07:17
War is not a solution. Put a bomb to wipe out the whole nation is faster than a war. Hahaha. Joke only. Love not war.

These people (Afghan) are very religious they seem to be. They bow down and pray every day, to whom? But their deeds are evil. They kill and murder innocent doctors who are trying to help their needs. These people have no hearts and there's no fear of the Almighty God. They hate infidels/Christians but they come to our nation and live with us and pretend to be our friends. Sooner or later they might take over. Look at London, they are now the majority population of the country. Their mosques are everywhere. Can we put up our church in the Muslim countries? Just a thought.

God bless our country.

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