Horrors of war
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.