[Marxism] Bring back the Taliban

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Fri Mar 18 16:35:13 MST 2005

On Fri, 18 Mar 2005 09:41:36 -0500 Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> writes:
> Afghan Crime Wave Breeds Nostalgia for Taliban
> Child Abductions in Kandahar Crystallize Discontent With Governing 
> Ex-Warlords

In this regard, people here may be interested in viewing 
Carmela Baranowska's documentary, "Taliban Country."
She is an Australian journalist and film maker who went
to Afghanistan last year, originally as an embedded
reporter with a US Marine unit that whose mission was
to round up and interrogate villagers to check for signs
of Taliban activity.  After having become frustrated with
the censorship that was being imposed on her as
an "embedded," she went "missing" for a few days
in order that she could interview villagers who had
been rounded up and interrogated either by the
Marines or by the local militia that was headed
by Jan Mohammed, who was also a local governor,
and who apparently is one of
these ex-warlords who is now in the pockets of
the US. 

One scene in the documentary featured Jan Mohammed's
interrogation of a somewhat effeminate looking youth.
He was supposedly being interrogated for possible
knowledge of Taliban activity in his village, but Jan
Mohammed could barely keep concealed that his interest in the youth,
on whose beauty he kept constantly remarking upon,
extended beyond any possible knowledge that the boy
might have had of the Taliban.

It is precisely that sort of behavior of the warlords
back in the 1990s, who among their many crimes,
would frequently would abduct
boys and young men for their own sexual gratification,
that turned the Afghan masses against them,
leading to the rise of the Taliban in the first place.

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