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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Do these lives matter at all?

Rahimullah Yusufzai's laments float like space garbage...noticed only when they hurdle in the path of a functioning space ship or rocket. He is right the Mayor of Kabul does protests while the co-chairman of the hand written will, the Prisoner of President's House remains mum. Or if he does open his mouth, it is to beg for aid.

Lives do no matter. Living do not matter. Dead do not matter. We are a desensitised, uncaring people. How we became one is for historians or sociologists to decide ~t

This reminds one of President Hamid Karzai, who despite being lampooned as the Mayor of Kabul' is brave enough to loudly protest civilian deaths at the hands of the US and NATO forces and demand an end to aerial strikes that invariably cause
"collateral damage." Like our leaders, there is constant threat to his life but this hasn't stopped Karzai from visiting the bereaved families in faraway places like Farah and Nangarhar provinces to offer condolences on the death of their dear and near ones and pay cash compensation. The US and its western allies have started taking note of protests by Karzai, the Afghan parliament and the civil society and are promising measures to avoid or at least minimize civilian casualties.


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