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Re: Arundhati Roy justifying Taliban!



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To "break wind" or not to "break wind" that is the question....

> 
> Here are the excerts from Arundhati Roy's article on "Insult and injury
> in Afghanistan     
> America's ill-conceived war on terror" at
> http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/645002.asp
> 
> Reading the following paragraph I couldn't help but feel totally aghast
> at the way she is justifying Taliban and their atrocities. Just look at
> the sentence "Now, as adults and rulers, the Taliban beat, stone, rape
> and brutalize women, they don't seem to know what else to do with
> them."
> Unbelievable!
> 
> 
> LEGACY OF WAR   
>          The Taliban was compounded in the crumbling crucible of
> rubble, heroin and landmines in the backwash of the Cold War. Its
> oldest leaders are in their early forties. Many of them are disfigured
> and handicapped, missing an eye, an arm or a leg. They grew up in a
> society scarred and devastated by war. Between the Soviet Union and
> America, over 20 years, about $45 billion worth of arms and ammunition
> was poured into Afghanistan. The latest weaponry was the only shard of
> modernity to intrude upon a thoroughly medieval society. Young boys -
> many of them orphans - who grew up in those times, had guns for toys,
> never knew the security and comfort of family life, never experienced
> the company of women. Now, as adults and rulers, the Taliban beat,
> stone, rape and brutalize women, they don't seem to know what else to
> do with them. Years of war has stripped them of gentleness, inured them
> to kindness and human compassion. They dance to the percussive rhythms
> of bombs raining down around them. Now they've turned their monstrosity
> on their own people. 
> 
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