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Message to the People of the United States of America (1998)
Ahmad Shah Masoud Homepage ^ | 1998 | Ahmad Shah Masoud

Posted on 12/15/2001 12:07:53 PM PST by Hopalong

Massoud's Letter To The People Of America Date: 1998

A Message to the People of the United States of America

I send this message to you today on behalf of the freedom and peace-loving people of Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen freedom fighters who resisted and defeated Soviet communism, the men and women who are still resisting oppression and foreign hegemony and, in the name of more than one and a half million Afghan martyrs who sacrificed their lives to uphold some of the same values and ideals shared by most Americans and Afghans alike. This is a crucial and unique moment in the history of Afghanistan and the world, a time when Afghanistan has crossed yet another threshold and is entering a new stage of struggle and resistance for its survival as a free nation and independent state.

I have spent the past 20 years, most of my youth and adult life, alongside my compatriots, at the service of the Afghan nation, fighting an uphill battle to preserve our freedom, independence, right to self-determination and dignity. Afghans fought for God and country, sometime alone, at other times with the support of the international community. Against all odds, we, meaning the free world and Afghans, halted and checkmated Soviet expansionism a decade ago. But the embattled people of my country did not savor the fruits of victory. Instead they were thrust in a whirlwind of foreign intrigue, deception, great-gamesmanship and internal strife. Our country and our noble people were brutalized, the victims of misplaced greed, hegemonic designs and ignorance. We Afghans erred too. Our shortcomings were as a result of political innocence, inexperience, vulnerability, victimization, bickering and inflated egos. But by no means does this justify what some of our so-called Cold War allies did to undermine this just victory and unleash their diabolical plans to destroy and subjugate Afghanistan.

Today, the world clearly sees and feels the results of such misguided and evil deeds. South-Central Asia is in turmoil, some countries on the brink of war. Illegal drug production, terrorist activities and planning are on the rise. Ethnic and religiously-motivated mass murders and forced displacements are taking place, and the most basic human and women’s rights are shamelessly violated. The country has gradually been occupied by fanatics, extremists, terrorists, mercenaries, drug Mafias and professional murderers. One faction, the Taliban, which by no means rightly represents Islam, Afghanistan or our centuries-old cultural heritage, has with direct foreign assistance exacerbated this explosive situation. They are unyielding and unwilling to talk or reach a compromise with any other Afghan side.

Unfortunately, this dark accomplishment could not have materialized without the direct support and involvement of influential governmental and non-governmental circles in Pakistan. Aside from receiving military logistics, fuel and arms from Pakistan, our intelligence reports indicate that more than 28,000 Pakistani citizens, including paramilitary personnel and military advisers are part of the Taliban occupation forces in various parts of Afghanistan. We currently hold more than 500 Pakistani citizens including military personnel in our POW camps. Three major concerns - namely terrorism, drugs and human rights - originate from Taliban-held areas but areinstigated from Pakistan, thus forming the inter-connecting angles of an evil triangle. For many Afghans, regardless of ethnicity or religion, Afghanistan, for the second time in one decade, is once again an occupied country.

Let me correct a few fallacies that are propagated by Taliban backers and their lobbies around the world. This situation over the short and long-run, even in case of total control by the Taliban, will not be to anyone’s interest. It will not result in stability, peace and prosperity in the region. The people of Afghanistan will not accept such a repressive regime. Regional countries will never feel secure and safe. Resistance will not end in Afghanistan, but will take on a new national dimension, encompassing all Afghan ethnic and social strata.

The goal is clear. Afghans want to regain their right to self-determination through a democratic or traditional mechanism acceptable to our people. No one group, faction or individual has the right to dictate or impose its will by force or proxy on others. But first, the obstacles have to be overcome, the war has to end, just peace established and a transitional administration set up to move us toward a representative government.

We are willing to move toward this noble goal. We consider this as part of our duty to defend humanity against the scourge of intolerance, violence and fanaticism. But the international community and the democracies of the world should not waste any valuable time, and instead play their critical role to assist in any way possible the valiant people of Afghanistan overcome the obstacles that exist on the path to freedom, peace, stability and prosperity.

Effective pressure should be exerted on those countries who stand against the aspirations of the people of Afghanistan. I urge you to engage in constructive and substantive discussions with our representatives and all Afghans who can and want to be part of a broad consensus for peace and freedom for Afghanistan.

With all due respect and my best wishes for the government and people of the United States,

Ahmad Shah Massoud.

For the original letter, with links, click here.

For discussion and education purposes only.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous

1 posted on 12/15/2001 12:07:53 PM PST by Hopalong
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2 posted on 12/15/2001 12:11:41 PM PST by kari
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Looks as though there are many who prefer to hang on to their prejudices than read this heartwarming letter. Somewhere on one of the Afghan websites, I ran across an awesome tribute to Ahmad Shaw Masood, the Lion of Panjsher, and to his quest for democracy in Afghanistan. I can't track it down now. What a loss his death (murder) was for his people.
3 posted on 12/15/2001 2:22:49 PM PST by Ridin' Shotgun
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To: Atc, Red Jones, Pericles, Sawdring, AM2000, Travis McGee

4 posted on 12/15/2001 3:34:53 PM PST by Aaron_A
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To: Aaron_A
Oops, forgot to take a shot at the many Pakistani apologists (including a few here at FR). I should include their usual response :)

"But this isn't an unbiased source".

5 posted on 12/15/2001 3:38:42 PM PST by Aaron_A
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To: Aaron_A
this is a very interesting document for the historians. Hindsight of course is 20/20 and human frailty normalizes incompetence.

But it is also true that the US, in funneling so much money and perhaps other special assistance to pakistan we are not really doing any good for the either the region or for ourselves. Perhaps also we give money to Pakistan and let them empower the taliban in afghanistan because we made a promise to do so when we were fighting the russians.

The US will no doubt pay for aspects of this war by simply printing money and passing it out to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and no doubt some afghans. Look for inflation. What if we'd instead used some of those resources in advance to avoid the whole problem?

Rumsfeld and others believe in pre-empting bad things happening to us. So, without any criticism of our establishment, this letter documents that 911 could've been pre-empted.

6 posted on 12/15/2001 4:26:50 PM PST by Red Jones
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Many people don't consider giving money to other countries (the ones you mentioned) a big deal...but as you pointed out the government is simply printing more money and giving it away. You and me cannot do the same if we need more funds, hence our purchasing power is being killed by giving handouts. This is something that really pisses me off.
7 posted on 12/15/2001 6:30:46 PM PST by Aaron_A
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the government is simply printing more money and giving it away.

Actually, they're BORROWING it from the BANKERS and giving it away. They just give us the privilege of paying the interest on the debt they create.

8 posted on 12/15/2001 9:16:08 PM PST by Ridin' Shotgun
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You are right, that's what I call a double whammy.
9 posted on 12/15/2001 9:25:16 PM PST by Aaron_A
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To: Aaron_A
Without the kiss.
10 posted on 12/15/2001 10:07:58 PM PST by Ridin' Shotgun
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