RAWA statement on the US strikes on Afghanistan

Taliban should be overthrown by the uprising of Afghan nation

Again, due to the treason of fundamentalist hangmen, our people have been
caught in the claws of the monster of a vast war and destruction.

America, by forming an international coalition against Osama and his
Taliban-collaborators and in retaliation for the 11th September terrorist
attacks, has launched a vast aggression on our country.

Despite the claim of the US that only military and terrorist bases of the
Taliban and Al Qieda will be struck and that its actions would be accurately
targeted and proportionate, we have witnessed for the past seven days leaves
no doubt that this invasion will shed the blood of numerous women, men,
children, young and old of our country.

If until yesterday the US and its allies, without paying the least attention
to the fate of democracy in Afghanistan, were supporting the policy of
Jehadis-fostering, Osama-fostering and Taliban-fostering, today they are
sharpening the dagger of the "Northern Alliance". And because of this policy
they have plunged our people into a horrific concern and anxiety in fear of
re-experiencing the dreadful happenings of the years of the Jehadis'

Afghans, while keeping in mind the tremendous disasters they faced at the
hands of Jehadi and Taliban vultures, just hang onto their hope for the
return of the ex-king. However, if he comes to the scene while relying on
the "Northern Alliance" and so-called "moderate" Taliban, he not only will
lose his reputation among the people but it will endanger the stability and
success of whatever set-up he forms.

In the time of the Taliban's medievalist domination, no Afghan and no
honorable and mindful Muslim will be deceived by the "nationalistic"
gestures of Taliban who invite the Afghan people and even the whole Muslim
world for "Jehad" against America. Any person, group or government that
supports the Taliban, no matter under what pretext, is the enemy of the
Afghan people, the people who also hate the "anti-Osama" and
"anti-terrorism" acts of the "Northern Alliance" murderers. Our people not
only have not forgotten the five years after the collapse of the puppet
regime of Najib --the most horrible years of terrorism and unchastity-- but
as well they don't forget the time when the Jehadis themselves were the
cheap servants of Abdullah Ezam and Osama bin Laden.

Now the "Northern Alliance" groups lie in ambush like hungry wolves so they,
while riding the guns of the US, can assault and swarm into Kabul and in
proportion to the depth and width of their "conquests", besides committing
vandalism like the years before, gain ground in order to bargain for
position in the second "emirate", and as a consequence again spoil the
aspiration of the people for the establishment of a stable and democratic
government acceptable to all.

The continuation of US attacks and the increase in the number of innocent
civilian victims not only gives an excuse to the Taliban, but also will
cause the empowering of the fundamentalist forces in the region and even in
the world.

Our people have two options:

Either the eradication of the plague of Taliban and Al Qieda -though they
(our people) didn't have any part in its cultivation and germination- and
the establishment of a government based on democratic values, or to hand
over Afghanistan to these forces who have dependence, looting, crime and
national treason as the main components of their perfidious entity.

Our compatriots, therefore, must rise up for a thorough demolition of
Taliban and their Osamas so the world should understand that the tired,
wounded, mournful and deserted Afghans not only in word, but practically
too, have no connection with the criminals and don't regard a handful of
Arab or non-Arab terrorists as "honorable guests".

Only an overall uprising can prevent the repetition and recurrence of the
catastrophe that has befallen our country before and with or even without
the presence of the UN peace-keeping force this uprising can pave the way
for the establishment of an interim government and preparation for
elections. We believe that once there is no foreign interference, especially
of a fundamentalist type, all ethnic groups of all religions, with no regard
to the devilish designs of the fundamentalists, will, prove their solidarity
for achieving the most sacred national interests for the sake of a proud and
free Afghanistan.

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) asks that
all anti-fundamentalist, freedom and democracy-loving and pro-women's rights
forces and also the ex-king of Afghanistan, before it is too late, must play
their role in the organizing of mass-uprising and as well thwart the plans
of the internal and external enemies of Afghanistan.

The peace and justice-loving people of the world will be on the side of the
Afghan people.

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

October 11, 2001

This statement has already been widely distributed inside Afghanistan
in Pushtu and Persian languages.
RAWA statement on the terrorist attacks in the US