Hor­rors of war

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The hor­rors that Afghanistan has gone through over the years were re­counted in the ar­ti­cle ‘Cost of War’. I am not sure if any or­ga­ni­za­tion or per­son can ac­tu­ally as­cer­tain the loss caused to the coun­try and its people by years of wars and in­fight­ing. The Afghan na­tion has lost thou­sands of its sons. Most of the phys­i­cal and so­cial in­fra­struc­ture of the coun­try has been de­stroyed. With the ex­cep­tion of a few places, the ma­jor­ity of ar­eas across Afghanistan present a sorry pic­ture.

And de­spite all this, we con­tinue to fight. We fight for­eign forces, we fight our neigh­bor­ing coun­tries and we fight among our­selves. I have heard my elders claim­ing very proudly that no for­eign force could suc­ceed in its de­signs to rule our coun­try. That may be true but we need to think about a fun­da­men­tal ques­tion here: have we, the Afghans, been able to rule our coun­try? We take so much pride in be­ing a mar­tial race but for how long will we con­tinue to fight? Just the thought of what will hap­pen once the with­drawal of in­ter­na­tional forces from Afghanistan com­pletes fills me with fear. I can only hope that those who call them­selves our lead­ers re­al­ize their re­spon­si­bil­ity and work to­wards na­tion build­ing be­fore it is too late.

Sabo­hey Ahmedzai

Kabul, Afghanistan

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