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A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice Paperback – 8 Mar 2011
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"The bravest woman in Afghanistan." " -- BBC News"
About the Author
Malalai Joya, at only 30 years of age, has been called "the most famous woman in Afghanistan" and compared to democratic leaders such as Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi. Born in Afghanistan's remote Farah Province, she grew up in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan before returning to Afghanistan as a social activist and a teacher at underground girls' schools during the Taliban's reign. In 2003 she was elected to Afghanistan's constitutional assembly and, two years later, was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new Parliament, a post from which she was suspended in 2007 for her regular denunciation of the country's warlords and their cronies in government.
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The co-authorship by Derrick O'Keefe has worked well, with the addition of naturalised English and a consistency of style throughout the book. Although her comments about the quality of the Afghan government and the Afghan parliament are generally accurate, she has somewhat created a position for herself where she is winning all the arguments, but has marginalized herself and her efficacy, so much so, that she has no support beyond those, including her constituency, who have no power to make a difference.
Her greatest lack of judgment is with regard to the US, its policy and armed forces. Without the US intervention, there would be no European intervention and the Taleban would still be in total control of Afghanistan. The US are occupying a position as per the self-interest of the US in the region, within the context of which, Afghans, including Malalai Joya have an opportunity to develop a democracy. And although this is hampered by the obvious lack of virtue of the warlords, fundamentalists, et al, the US does not want to get embroiled in the China Town that is Afghan culture and tribal and ethnic loyalties. That's for the Afghans to figure out, for themselves.
In addition, she should make some effort to be cooperative with some of the more agreeable entities of Afghan politics. Dr Abdullah Abdullah would not be a bad choice. After all, as Hans Herman Hoppe, et al, have pointed out, democracy has its limitations. And Malalai Joya aspires to be involved in politics, not a popularity contest.
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I couldn't put Afghan war in context before reading her book. We see glimpses of the truth in our media. But our media is as she says, "dust in the eyes of the world". Her book was shocking to me, even though I read "Killing Hope, U.S. military & C.I.A. interventions since World War II by William Blum". The Afghan war in the context of the U.S. helping Bin Ladin against the Soviets & aiding Saddam against Iran it is not surprising. She says her message is confirmed by "Human Rights Watch & Transparency International"; this is true. Larry Wilkerson who was Colin Powell's chief of staff from a different direction also confirms was she says.
There are two types of Muhajadeen. The 1st is the true patriots of Afghanistan that fought for freedom against the Soviet occupation. The 2nd type is the war criminals that killed tens of thousands of innocent Afghans & did thousands of rapes. The war criminal type has reinvented themselves as both the Taliban & "Northern Alliance". The Northern Alliance that killed 65,000 innocent Afghans in Kubul which maybe even worse than the Taliban is now the political elite in the Karzai's government. By supporting the war criminals, drug lords & the friends of rapists in the Karzai government we have betrayed the Afghan & American people, our soldiers, democracy, freedom & women's right not to be abused.
I decided we must help her. We should try to end an unjust war. American soldiers shouldn't be are lined along the TAPI pipeline route like Larry Wilkerson says. The U.S. should negotiate with other countries not to support war criminals & lead the way by cutting support for the corrupt Karzai government & ending the war. I donated to the Defense Committee for Malalai Joya ([...]). If she is killed by her enemies we should make her more powerful in death than in life.
This will definitely grant a different perspective than is shown on most US media sources, and some international ones too! A definite must-read!!
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