It is often easy to lose sight of the stakes in Afghanistan or to forget the worldview and the determination of those bent on destroying it even more thoroughly. The likes of Sibghatullah Mujaddadi and others in the current Afghan government (going all the way up to the president himself) often muse about granting a general amnesty to the Taliban and having them rejoin the political process. History is often contentious in Afghanistan, and even when it is not, it can be easily distorted and forgotten -even history as recent as the yesteryear’s barbarism and the draconian laws that the Taliban had imposed on the country’s people.
Lest we forget that history too soon, the Taliban are still here to refresh our minds. In some macabre fashion they probably deserve our thanks for their solemn reminders of how they would run (and did run) Afghanistan, if they were to control it in a totalitarian fashion once again.
To all those who say that the Taliban too are “sons of Afghanistan” and are not as bad as they are depicted, lo and behold:
“GHWANDO, Afghanistan: Following up on a death threat, Taliban militants broke into a house where two teachers lived and shot dead five family members in eastern Afghanistan, bringing to 20 the number of educators killed in attacks this year…(meanwhile, 128 schools have been burned down this year alone.)
The five family members were killed overnight in the eastern province of Kunar after gunmen climbed over the home’s high outer wall using a ladder they had brought with them…A grandmother, a mother and two daughters, who were teachers, were killed… A 20-year-old grandson was also killed and a younger grandson injured in the attack in a village in Narang district.” (continue)