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I would like to forward this note received from Joanna Kaeser to all our
friends and friends of the Kunsthalle as an authentic statement which
hopefully helps to encourage more people to express concerns about the call
for war and advocate more appropriate and effectuous means to stop such acts
of terror and avoid even worse to come.
Lets try to find ways to avoid war and terror by building base for peace.
Thanks for  all your concern and for such forwarded information we donıt get
in the news
Martin Kunz

Dear Friends,  I ask you to take the time to read this written from the
heart of an Afghani woman who has lived in America for 30 years.
JoannaI've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the
Stone Age." Ron Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would
mean killing innocent people, people who had nothing to do with this
atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept collateral damage. What
else can we do?" Minutes later I heard some TV pundit discussing
whether we "have the belly to do what must be done."  And I thought
about the issues being raised especially hard because I am from
Afghanistan, and even though I've lived here for 35 years I've never
lost track of what's going on there. So I want to tell anyone who will
listen how it all looks from where I'm standing.
I speak as one who deeply hates the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. My
hatred comes from first hand experience. There is no doubt in my mind
that these people were responsible for the atrocity in New York. I agree
that something must be done about those monsters.
But the Taliban and Ben Laden are not Afghanistan.  They're not even the
government of Afghanistan.  The Taliban are a cult of ignorant
psychotics who took over Afghanistan in 1997. Bin Laden is a political
criminal with a plan.  When you think Taliban, think Nazis. When you
think Bin Laden,think Hitler. And when you think  "the people of
Afghanistan" think "the
Jews in the concentration camps."
It's not only that the Afghan people had nothing to do with this
atrocity.  They were the first victims of the perpetrators. They would
exult if someone would come in there, take out the Taliban and clear out
the rats nest of international thugs holed up in their country.
Some say, why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow the Taliban? The
answer is, they're starved, exhausted, hurt, incapacitated, suffering.
A few years ago, the United Nations estimated that there are 500,000
disabled orphans in Afghanistan--a country with no economy, no food.
There are millions of widows.  And the Taliban  has been burying these
widows alive in mass graves. The soil is littered with land mines, the
farms were all destroyed by the Soviets.  These are a few of the
reasons why the Afghan people have not overthrown the Taliban.
We come now to the question of "bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone
Age". Trouble is, that's been done. The Soviets took care of it
already.  Make the Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level
their houses?  Done.
Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done.  Eradicate their
hospitals?  Done. Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from
medicine and health care? Too late. Someone already did all that.
New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs.  Would they at
least get the Taliban? Not likely. In today's Afghanistan, only the
Taliban eat, only they  have the means to move around.  They'd slip away
and hide.
Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled orphans, they don't
move too fast, they don't even have wheelchairs. But flying over Kabul
and dropping bombs would not really be a strike against the criminals
who  did this horrific thing. Actually it would only be  making common
cause with the Taliban--by raping once again the people they've been
raping all this time.
So what else is there? What can be done, then? Let me now speak with
true fear and trembling. The only way to get Bin Laden is to go in there
with ground troops. When people speak of "having the belly to do what
needs to be done" they're thinking in terms of having the belly to kill
as many as needed.  Having the belly to overcome any moral qualms about
killing innocent people. Let's pull our heads out of the sand. What's
actually on the table is Americans dying. And not
just because some Americans would die fighting their way through
Afghanistan to Bin Laden's hideout.  It's much bigger than that folks.
Because to get any troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go through
Pakistan. Would they let us? Not likely. The conquest of Pakistan would
have to be first. Will other Muslim nations just stand by? You see where
I'm going. We're flirting
with a world war between Islam and the West.
And guess what: that's Bin Laden's program. That's exactly what he
wants.  That's why he did this. Read his speeches and statements. It's
all right there.  He  really believes Islam would beat the west. It
might seem ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the world into
Islam and the West, he's got a billion soldiers. If the west wreaks a
holocaust in those lands, that's a billion people with nothing left to
lose, that's even better from Bin Laden's point of view. He's probably
wrong, in the end the
West would win, whatever that  would mean, but the war would last for
years and millions would die, not just theirs but ours. Who has  the
belly for that?
Unfortunately, Bin Laden does. Anyone else?

In Peace,

Tamim Ansary

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