September 17th, 2010
07:51 AM ET

Opinion: Wild Wild West in Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: Farah is an Afghan-American businesswoman in Kabul. The opinions expressed in this guest blog are solely those of Farah.

Afghanistan has been the graveyard and battlefield of empires for centuries. Now I see the slow tortuous death of my ancestral nation and people. Sacrifice of the lambs - that is what I feel our people have become.

In September 2002, I remember my grandmother and I boarded the old Ariana Airlines plane for Afghanistan. Afghanistan: the myth for me and Afghanistan the motherland for my grandmother. We landed and were both so overcome with emotion – with tears for different reasons. For me it was the fact that I had landed somewhere I had never known and for my grandmother it was the return to a home destroyed. At least when we got home and saw everyone, there was a great energy of optimism as much as the devastation. Optimism and a will to change were in the air — more like a high. I was enjoying every minute of being in Afghanistan. I extended my trip an extra month to keep working with my mother and her NGO at the time. The Taliban are gone. We can fix Afghanistan I thought: We can.

Now, we are almost in October 2010 and everything is unraveling. The Taliban are back and stronger than ever. Taliban are now Pakistanis, Arabs and Chechens. I came back from a recent vacation very charged and very motivated to get back to work. But the events of the past few weeks have put me in a dark place. I have explained this to some of my friends that in the span of one week: we lost a team of foreign doctors with their team, heard about dozens of kidnappings, read about the stoning of a couple in Kunduz, seen more civilian deaths and there was a suicide bombing on my street. I used to be able to deal with this over the years but these events had more impact on me not just because some of them hit close to home, but it is apparent that the downward spiral which is Afghanistan is getting darker and deeper — more like a black hole where all the hard work of so many for the past eight years is going to be lost. Everyone who is in power has eaten hundreds of millions from the West to play puppet to the grand scheme. No one is brave enough to step up for the people or those who do are killed or ridiculed into some political exile. A lawless Afghanistan: that is what is happening right now. The Wild Wild West revisited.

During the “Great Game” — the British-Russian rivalry during the late 1800s — Afghanistan tried to be neutral; the British, of course, declared war on Afghanistan. Yes, I do think that imperialism has ruined this world. After studying the whole region all fingers point there. Pay off the leaders – use them to divide and conquer the people — create chaos. Sound familiar? Shame on us: during the reign of Zahir Shah (the leader for decades until the 1970s), we were a unified Afghanistan. No one asked, “What part of Afghanistan are you from? Oh you’re Mazari? Oh you’re Pashtun?” Everyone worked together as AFGHANS. Working together as a nation to build a better life for the future. How progressive we were in those days. I remember reading in one of author Ludwig W. Adamac’s books about the timeline of Afghanistan. It broke my heart. Seeing how high we were going and how we were stopped from so much as a nation.

As the years went by, the West or larger powers have always tried to divide us and for us to do their job for them … KILL EACH OTHER. “Kill your Afghan brother. I will give you money or power.” I wish we loved each other more. I wish.

I think of the lineage of strong Afghans I come from — especially Afghan women: mother, grandmothers, great-grandmothers. Today they are not the same — they have been destroyed beyond belief. Afghan women were the heads of the houses and the families. The men had integrity and honor — would fight for what was right. The people of Old Afghanistan are a dying breed and I see the genocide of my people here everyday. This is what has happened to our women and children: raped, mutilated, sold, killed. Here’s the latest: Afghan women, kids turn to drugs

There is only so much we can do. I say that Afghanistan is like a “treasure chest on fire.” With all the minerals, artifacts and oil that has been discovered recently, of course, let's bring chaos so we can control all these resources. We have a choice. I am so fortunate to carry an American passport. I can get on a plane and leave. Millions here cannot do that.

God help those who are in the provinces suffering everyday as well as the people suffering around the world because they have no choice. Nothing I can do about it because this whole thing is a lot bigger than me, than all of us.

Sacrifice the lambs.

Dedicated to my mother and grandfather who have sacrificed their lives for years for their people ... This is also for those who are suffering everyday in Afghanistan. Sending you light.


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  1. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I have More Troops Then you do.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I have More Countries Then YOU do.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I have More Education.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I am Smarter Then ALL of YOU Put Together.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I have MORE MOney Then ALL of YOU Put Together.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

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    September 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Some Things Need No Comment: (this s.h.i.t. just irghts it self) :

    Barack Obama »

    Seattle Pos...Obama: Black lawmakers must rally voters back home
    The Associated Press – Mark S. Smith – ‎1 hour ago‎
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama came out swinging against Republicans in a fiery campaign-season speech to black lawmakers Saturday night, making an urgent appeal for the kind of grassroots organizing that propelled the civil rights movement.
    Obama: Black lawmakers must rally voters back home KY3
    Obama urges blacks to vote, "guard the change" U.S. Daily
    Washington Post – Christian Science Monitor –

    September 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Obama is going after the rights of all the People... Not like the Republicans that want to change This Country to the Catholic Way only!!!

      September 22, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mehdi General Dr Bad

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    September 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Who Wants To Buy MY " Nuetron Bomb ' ?
    and " I " Will Sell MY Bom,bs To ANY ONE I Want, ANY WHERE I WANT, ANY TIME I WANT.

    And YOU are Done THreatning People with MY TROOPS and MY BOMBS.
    and Where is MY M.I.A. Army Nurse?
    C>U>N>T>S.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    IM Done Fixing YOUR Fuking Problems. NOW, I Am YOUR Fuking Problem.
    and YOU are not Doing So Well,

    September 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    YOU have No leader. YOU have NO Generals. YOU Have NO OPTIONS. YOU DO NOT MATTER.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    btw Wrong answer.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Deepwater Horizon »

    Globe and M...'Bottom kill' performed, officials prepare to declare gulf well plugged

    (one Down 76,000 To Go )

    September 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    IT is not ME They Hurt.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    " Compasion' is when I Give YOU Notice Ahead Of Time. Which YOU " Ignore".
    I cna Juts as easly let YOU Show UP To Work and find YOU are Locked out.
    I can Arrest These War Crimnals ANY Time. Longer I leave them out, More mOney THEY Make " Me".
    I gave you a LIst of "Some " of " My " Companies, That was "Compassions ".
    YOU Have " Notice ". THEY "ted Truner " "Bill Gatyes" " Rupert Murdoch " Fuked up.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    well, private gomer jarhead meatshiled now has disapered as well, YOU people fuk up EVERYTHING. adds to the list,,,
    now YOU Explain it.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Obama's Mystifying Strategy
    Wall Street Journal – Karl Rove – ‎Sep 15, 2010‎
    I don't often expect to find myself supportive of President Barack Obama. But I didn't think I'd be as mystified by his actions over the past few months as I have been.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      hmm,,you dont say, "past Few Months " YOU Say? hmm,, Guess He Does NOt Watch MY C.N.N.

      September 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mehdi General Dr Bad

        I Guess He Doest " Tweet " ?

        September 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    <<>>

    September 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Inshallah.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    now excuse me while I go water board a four year old,

    September 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    HEY !! Can "we " just skip to where YOU pretend YOU dont care and PRETEND to ignore ME?
    C.U.N.T

    September 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I need to "Raise Sum capital",
    and I never liked Denver Anyway. SHE Did.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOw Who Wanst To Buy A Non Radioactive Hydrogen Bomb? or 3,,,
    YOU KNow anything about "Nuetrons",

    September 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    as the block my next message about why i won zero day error code and source code. this is YOUR legla notification that YOUR falwed source code is stolin from I.B.M.
    Gates did not HAVE To Steal It. I.B.m. LATER gave it away for free (flawed)

    September 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. sara from allentown

    CNN – you should be ashamed of yourselves for letting this nonsense be published

    September 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      HI sarah.
      IM D.R. Shaw Fron Butte Falls Oregon. Regetesred Independent.
      WHAT is YOUR Last Name ? Do YOU have anyone in Iraq?

      YOU must be "New Here",
      I am C.N.N New Owner. as well as Many others.
      Do YOU KNow where MY Nurse is?
      c.u.n.t.

      September 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    HEY !! SON !!, This Redneck has a Cooler of Cold beer here for you,

    THANX FOR THE TRUCK PORK COP !!!!!,,,
    cya Son,
    gotta run.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    and have The Nurses Union ask jery brown to ask bill clinton to ask colin powell ,where is MY M.I.A. Army Nurse?
    whil e" I " Go ON slitting YOUR Throats.
    Inshallah.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    so tomoroow colin powel has a tea party with clinton ? great.
    have colin powel ask clinton to ask jerry brown to ask the Nurses Unnion where i s My M.I.A Army Nurse?

    September 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    And Who Is Next .

    September 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Now Where Is MY M.I.A Army Nurse Second Leuteneant Deborah Christine D' Angelo FRom New Jersey?

    September 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Lub U Son, Gotta Run,
    Speking of fat rednecks with Guns? Tell Rick I said Hi, He Still Alive? Hows Jody ? and Ryan? Corey Still IN JaiL ?
    you get that Fire Truck Yet?

    September 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    BUt Then, Hey,,, " Whats in a Name " ?

    September 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    and dont tell YOUR MOther ,YOU saw me, Here Take a Hundred Buck,s

    September 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      oh and DONT TELL YOUR SISTER EATHER !
      Hers another Hundred,, YOU KNOW, She will GO RUNNING right to HER MOTHER,,MOMMMM,,,

      You Get That fire Truck yet?

      September 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Hands Him Back His Rifle,
      im just gonn0 agrab this Renecks Truck and Gun Now and headon back out,, you take care now,

      September 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mehdi General Dr Bad

        "grabs the rednecks wallet,hat,boots,belt,knife,,,,hmmm,,
        Whats My New Name pork chop,,,and " I ", Live Where?

        September 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Mehdi General Dr Bad

    " I " will Get The fat.ass Red.neck with the Gun.
    " YOU ", get the fu.king treehugger.

    hmm,,where's your brother ?

    September 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    I meant "Brother's" plural.

    September 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Mehdi General Dr Bad

    " They " taste " Like ", kind of a Cross,
    TYPO COERCTION:

    Between a Tree.hugging chickenes.hit liberal,,and a gas bag ne.o con pig.
    Smells Like ChickenS.H.I.T, butt it tastes Like "P.OR.K"
    *AIMS*

    September 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    September 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      " I " will Get The fat.ass Red.neck with the Gun.
      " YOU ", get the fu.king treehugger.

      hmm,,where's your brother ?

      September 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mehdi General Dr Bad

        oh sorry,

        September 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Wrong Answer, .

    September 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    still blocking MY Words ?

    September 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      " They " taste " Like ", kind of a Cross,
      Between a Tree.hugging chickenes.hit liberal,,and a gas bag ne.o con pig.
      Smells Like Chicken but it tastes Like "P.OR.K"
      *AIMS*

      September 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Wash Your mouth out with Soap and maybe We would Block You Out!!!

      September 22, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  38. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    damn l tree huggin iberals, go get My Son, and Tell HIm Grab His Chain saw and Come here,,and bring HIs gun.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      NOW. YOUR Question was, "What Does A Taliban Taste Like?,,,,

      Oh, HI ! Son,,,no,im fine thanx.
      Hand Me YOUR Gun , PLease , son,,,
      and go ahead and Fire Up THAT "HUskY",,,
      (Start's ON The First Crank)

      * Locks and Loads *,,,,

      September 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        I hope You know Your a Idiot???

        September 22, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  39. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    The US Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture
    Huffington Post (blog) – ‎Sep 15, 2010‎

    September 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    (View Source)

    I Never Liked Denver Anyway.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soda

      You need help, dude.

      September 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    (View Source)

    September 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    more blocked message thanx c.u.n.t clinotn.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    so much for "Talks".

    September 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    so Much for "nice".

    September 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    wrong answer little girl.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    CNN International – Nic Robertson – ‎3 hours ago‎
    By the CNN Wire Staff Muscat, Oman (CNN) - Before beginning her journey back home to America, freed American hiker Sarah Shourd on Saturday thanked Oman for securing her release and said that nation would forever occupy a special niche in her heart as ...

    September 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      now they blcok my comment on this "again".

      September 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Bob Loblaw

    Maybe we need to be nicer to them. Maybe we just haven't been nice enough yet. Let's send more tree huggers and doctors and money to be nice to the extremists. I believe they need hugs and understanding. Maybe if they get more hugs and understanding and yes, love, that will end their maniacal, all-consuming desire to expunge Israel, the United States, Canada, and Western Europe from the face of the earth. Yes, yes, I definitely think we just haven't been nice enough. Being nice will fix everything, and we should never, ever, ever fight or be mean to people even if their singular goal is to kill and torture every one of us in the name of their God, to whom our every collective breath is an affront.

    Yes, let's be nicer. Let's send them more of our resources and more of our soldiers to kill. That will do it for sure.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      blocked message.

      September 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    LIGHT EM UP TOMMY !!!!!!

    September 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    *LOCKS AND LOADS *

    September 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      FIRE IN THE HOLE !!!!!!

      September 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Andrew Lubin

    Somebody get a nurse, we have a live one here. Bring the big hypodermic.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |

    September 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      With Your mouth they should through You off of here all together!!!

      September 22, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  51. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Today Is M.I.A./P.O.W Day. IS THAT in YOUR NEWS? NOPE.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      now ,you go fight your own fuking wars. not my fuking problem. bring my troops the fuk home. to many big fuking words?
      c.u.n.t.
      where the fuk is MY M.I.A. Nurse hilary – pelsosi C.U.N.T.S.

      September 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Somebody get a nurse, we have a live one here. Bring the big hypodermic.

        September 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    YOU ARE DONE HIDING BEHND MY CHILDREN WHILE I GO MURDER PEOPLE FOR YOU.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    YOU ARE DONE HIDING BEHIND MY NURSE<MY WIVES<MY CHILDREN AND MY TROOPS.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I do NOT Give a FUK about YOUR Politics. IM NOT Going To PLay POLITICS WITH THE LIVES OF THOSE CHILDREN IN IRAN.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    TO answer even one question, adress even one point, THEY owudl Have to Face Reality and Fact.
    no, THEY point THEIR Fingers at Me.
    Rob and MUrder MY TROOPS and MY CHildren.
    while they hide behind MY M.I.A Army Nurse SEcodn Letetenat Deborah Chritine D'angelo.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOtice how they Refuce ot answer even one question? address even one Point? just change the subject.
    like women do.
    how do thye deal with their problems? why they ignore them. like women do.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Robby

    Mehdi...Americas Godessness lays at the feat of radical Islam...what sane person would entertain a faith in allah who commands the slaughter of innocent civilians...

    September 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      What's a Godessness? is it the excellence of a Godess?

      September 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      I would not like to go near the feet of radical islam, the stench would be overpowering not to mention the toenails.

      September 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NEXT.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    HMM whats on ,,,OH goody a fuking Football Game,," THE Ravens vrs The Jets ".
    have abeer, take a pill, hav "fun".
    Pigs.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    WRONG ANSWER.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOW YOU GO LIE TO YOUR TROOPS AND YOUR CHILDREN SOME MORE AS YOU MURDER AND ROB THEM.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      While MY TROOPS NOW SLIT THIERS AND YOURS THROATS. God Willing.

      September 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOW, " LUCKY " FOR YOU I LOVE REDDING.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Otis Redding?

      September 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    OH and LOOK, There ARE MY DRONES INSIDE AMERICA. Alhumdiallah.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Robby

    As long as Afghanistan sees itself as a vicim, they will always be ruled by someone else...Afghanistan has to take Afghanistan...

    And Imperialism is not only a friend of the west...It is Persians who have often enslaved and Afghans...in addition to Pakistanis...Laying the blame for Aghanistans ills at the feet of the West only proves the point of Western superiority...otherwise the roles would be reversed and we would be fending off the Mujis on our turf (I doubt they are such innocent lambs as to have to worldly amibitions to better their land...they lack the ability to do it)

    September 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Those are just SOME of MY Troops. How many do YOU count?

    September 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOt to fuking bright are YOU.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    hey you hear that out side mY Hotel right now?

    September 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad »

    ABC NewsFreed American hiker begins her journey home
    CNN International – Nic Robertson – ‎1 hour ago‎
    By the CNN Wire Staff Muscat, Oman (CNN) - Before beginning her journey back home to America, freed American hiker Sarah Shourd on Saturday thanked Oman for securing her release and said that nation would forever occupy a special niche in her heart as ...

    September 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    VIVA LA MEXICO !!!!!

    September 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOW WHO THE FUK is NExt.
    BRING IT THE FUK ON.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    For The Last year America has been printing and handing out new " Marked Money" so if YOU have ANY of it? Dump it.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    oh Thats right ALL YOU care about Is Money. I have pulled out of Wells Fargo Now. Thye To made other choices.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    – A bomb on a bicycle exploded in a marker in Al Hawyja city west of Kirkuk killing two civilians and injuring 9 others.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    – Two roadside bombs exploded in Khadhra neighborhood in west Baghdad on Friday night. After the first bomb exploded Iraqi army approached the site and citizens gathered and then another bomb exploded killing one Iraqi army soldier and injuring six soldiers and five civilians.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Sergeant dies in Iraq
    The Augusta Chronicle – Adam Folk – ‎14 hours ago‎
    Sgt. Burner died this week from an illness in Iraq.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOT in YOUR news:
    POW/MIA Recognition Day (today)
    Columbia Daily Tribune – Janese Silvey – ‎5 hours ago‎

    September 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      7 people die in raid in Iraqi city of Fallujah TMCnet
      Iraq approves settlement for Saddam's US victims Ct Post
      Five killed in attacks across Iraq AFP

      September 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    do NOt Attack suni,or shiite or shia or any other terroist or muslims. Attac ONLY american troops or nato troops or U.N Troops.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Thanks for telling Them what to do You idiot!!!

      September 22, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  78. Robrob

    @Mehdi General Dr Bad – are you mental?

    September 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      more blocked names and messages.

      September 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mehdi General Dr Bad

        Intercpeted:
        message to MY Co,>>ntries.

        SEll off ALL ameri<,.its money. convert to Yuans. sell off ALL go>ld or diam>onds.

        September 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mehdi General Dr Bad

        dump dollars,loonies,pound and euors.

        September 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Could that be because We don't need Idiots like You on here!!!

        September 22, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  79. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    take some more pills.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    ahve a beer , go watch more football as you stil lie about Pat Tillman.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    go murder more shiites and shias for your ara`b pimps.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    go murder gaza babies for your je`w and arab masters.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Where were You when They went to the Jewish School and did the killing there??? The Jews does not kill Children unless they are being used as shields!!! They have the right to protect Themselves...

      September 22, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  83. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    send YOUR brats to go fight thes e who,,res wars.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    thehowre sblock more messages as they murder and lie and steal from YOU.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    oh no they block the words a=ra=b and =j=ew and all the names like c=lin-on and +pelos`i

    September 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  86. ground_pounder

    typo: nepotism.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      I think Mehdi needs his Mehdication increased.

      September 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Curious

    Empires are not a Western invention. Also, Afganistan has NEVER been free of tribal divisions/affiliations. And, we didn't go over there because of Afganistan's mineral "treasure chest"–anyone remember 9/11 and 3,000 Americans murdered by Bin Laden's people? Otherwise, it is too bad the Afgans were not able to keep the Taliban from coming back. It's even more a pity that young Americans are dying in the effort to save the Afgans from the Taliban. Ultimately, if the Afgans don't want to be ruled by the Taliban and have their women all wearing burqas, they are going to have to take on that job for themselves.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Do You really think the the Afghanistan People don't want to be free from Tarriest??? The problem is they don't want corrupted People there either!!! Would You???

      September 22, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  88. ground_pounder

    The US/NATO is not telling Afghans to kill Afghans. The clear objective is to destroy the terrorist element existing there right now. Unfortunately, Afghans are content with the neoptism and apathy that has carried their country through the better part of a millenia. Had they exercised a little more social consciousness and self-governance while terrorist training camps were running throught their country, we could have avoided this mess. Unfortunately, those virtues are now necessary to succeed at present time, inconvenient as it may be...

    As a side note: If your fellow countrymen are planting bombs to kill NATO forces, they are not your "Afghan brethren". If you really feel that way, then you're part of the problem. I do not align myself with wackos who kill foreigners in the US on the simple grounds that they're my "American brethren". Wake up, take accountability for yourselves, and help us help you.

    Also, the oil/minerals debate is laughable. I'm currently in Afghanistan and trust me when I say this: Nobody over here is worrying about minerals. If you think so, you're just uninformed...

    September 18, 2010 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Well done, that is the first time you didn't type genitals!

      September 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  89. AfghanWarVET

    Foreign interference from Pakistan, Arab states, and west has used Afghanistan as a battlefield for their sick ideologies...The united nations must have all those who interfere in Afghanistan sign a declaration of neutrality and non-interference in Afghanistan's affairs...No one can subdue Afghans, even after 1000s of years, they have fought every empire and the final empire to fall will be the PUNJABI(Pakistan) empire- Afghanistan have fought against Punjabi domination for 250 years and that is exactly what the British left them with...Thus, anyone interfering in Afghanistan's affairs should face sanctions, especially Pakistan for supporting terrorist who had singed articles in Geneva to declare it will not interfere in Afghanistan in 90"s.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      well written vet

      September 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Ernie Beatty

    That ought to turn the NATO forces on!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  91. bailoutsos

    "Afghanistan has been the graveyard and battlefield of empires for centuries." - So why the he// are NATO troops dying there?

    September 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Genghis Khan

      I enjoyed being there.

      September 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Quantum 360

        So did I

        September 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Snipe

    Wow, what a heartbreaking view from an Afghan. I remember when I was in Vietnam during that war and observing the general population just trying to survive and thinking we as Americans are so lucky that we haven't as a country experienced the horror of war in our homeland for such a long time, until 9/11 when we got a taste of it. Afghanistan is such a tragedy right now. I have a son in the Marines deployed their right now and I worry about him everyday. Just no easy solutions to the whole Afghan problem. I know that the view of the majority of Afghan’s is that they don’t care who wins they just want peace and stability. But, my hope is that s the Afghan’s, even after we leave, and will unite as a country, which will be needed to continue the fight from the terror of the Taliban, and take control of their own county as a united nation and not hundreds of different factions and war lords looking after their own selfish needs. Without that unification it will all fall apart into continued lawlessness or be ruled by the terror and dictatorship of the Taliban.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghengis Khan

      The Taliban are weak and inbred and easily slaughtered. They have no relevence to life as their bodies lay to waste for eternity

      September 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mehdi General Dr Bad

        intereted – blocked message:

        Lets take a look at YOUR bulls.hit news.
        Top STory, lyndsay l0hans "Fr,einds" says THIS Time she really.reallay,reasllay realy "GETS IT, This time she is ,,
        as apris hilt,on cuts a deal and walks free.

        Why did YOU block THIS?

        September 19, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Mehdi General Dr Bad

        and now they just took ANOTHER screen shot of MY puter.

        September 19, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Unlike what you think Snipe,there is a very simple solution to the Afghan problem.The US and it's NATO allies should just leave Afghanistan to the Afghans.Whether you believe it or not,the Afghans simply do not want foreign rule and that's all there is to it!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        That's why they oppose the taliban.

        September 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  93. IdeaMaker

    You mention the British Empire... why not the Soviet Union? You talk about the West as if we are all the same...

    Sad, sad situation. I wish we could empower the Afghans to fight for themselves...

    September 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • President Bush

      Idiots. we have faught for ourselves and we still are fighting againist thirty plus nations !!!! .. The West And U.S. is fighting for themselves and their pockets... they dont mind sacrficifing their troops at all.. So shut the fuc up cuase u have no idea .. drink ur coffee its getting cold

      September 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

        Hey Bush i see your spelling hasn't improved, neither has your intellect.

        September 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

        Thank you,Johndro.You may be trying to be funny but I like your post anyway even if it is under my name.

        September 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        It is funny Israel has fought against the Arab League 4 times already and none of Their wars lasted as long as just one of Ours!!! Maybe we should learn from Israel???

        September 22, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  94. Kulashaker

    Read this recently in a Pakistani newspaper

    What are the basics? India is the enemy. Afghanistan is your playground. And the American superpower must be milked, bilked, just the right amount, taking care to do just enough of what it asks — a modern-day, statist version of Goldilocks.

    Those pretty much are the central tenets of Pakistan’s foreign policy over much of its history, and, if you think about it, there’s little reason to believe Kayani may be reaching for a new playbook at this late stage.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Ironically

    As usual a 2nd generation American born and raised individual is belly-aching about the wrongs and injustices that she is oblivious to. These are the people who truly annoy me. They offer criticism with no offering of solutions.

    Ironically, just 10 years ago her family – had they been living in Afghanistan- would be killed for such an article.

    Why: a female with an intelligent opinion with reach to the outside world.

    Taliban justice: "Where is her Mahram? Why hasn't he gotten complete control of this wench? The family must be destroyed. "

    Rainbows and butterflies do not occur with out some ugliness first (floods and worms).

    September 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Some Guy

    "Think about it" and Brett... you are BOTH guilty of applying conservative and liberal conceptions of today to people of the past. Those conceptions change continually, I think its safe to say given the values of all Americans today that today's liberals and conservatives would be equally appalled by the pre-revolution British colonial control. But back to Afghan, this opinion is right in laying blame on imperialism but as usual I see absent any blame laid on Islamic Extremism. Imperialism alone did not create the extremists, in the modern world imperialism is not needed to spread culture and the hatred of Western culture will grow without any concerted effort by the western nations due to the increasingly inclusive global trade/communication networks. The US should leave Afghan and Iraq, but its easier said than done at this point. Those who think there will miraculously be peace if we were to leave today are foolish and indeed quite naive. The West's concerted effort to leave the Middle East must be met with a concerted effort of the leaders of peaceful Islam to speak out against not just Western control but the danger of extremism.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Hey some guy you are very correct in saying that the Islamic states must stand up to the extremists within their religion or their religion will not be worthy of God him or herself!! Their is no super being that would stand for a people that allows such actions from the ranks of Islam!

      September 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Why should things be any different there than it is coming here??? The only difference is the Muslin are doing it there and the Catholic Church is doing it here!!! Two wrongs don't make it right for either religion...

        September 22, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  97. Braveheart

    KILL ZEM, KILL ZEM ALL !!!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You and that damn Tea Party shoot'em up mentality.Have you no sense of decency at all?I suppose not.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        What time is the tea party? why didn't i get an invite?

        September 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty

        Daniel,whether you believe me or not I didn't post the above under your name.I'm beginning to think that Gary Jondro did it!

        September 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        If the Tea Party has anything to say about anything... This Country will be going back to slavery and the 3rd world Countries will be better off than the Americans!!!

        September 22, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  98. Think about it

    Brett, In fact, it was the more conservative faction of the colonials that was more royalist...Revolution was a radical idea, and not "right wing" at all (by modern definition). PS: you had better get back to working on that GED...

    September 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Nicely put,Think about it.How true that is.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      This is a pointless argument but Ill jump in anyway... I think today's conservatives would be the ones more upset about taxation without representation and overly centralized distant control given the recent trends in Democrat federal government and tax policy. Furthermore, your assumption that "right wing" somehow indicates non-radical upholding of the status quo is patently false. Right wingers and left wingers are equally capable of radical ideas (really its Moderates you are thinking of who probably would not have such opinions). The American Revolution was not framed in terms of "right wing" and "left wing" and an attempt to frame it as such is in complete ignorance of historical perspective.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Boom!

        There goes the dynamite.

        September 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Brett

    Hey left wingers, if it wasn't for the right wingers, you brainwashed obamamaniacs would still be British subjects.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Like that's a bad thing.

      September 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
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      September 20, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Wade Wilson

      Yea and then the left wings taught the right wing how to read and the left built the US government. Mean while the right wings rode around with white sheets on.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scott W

        You might want to check your history. Most of the white sheets were Democrats.

        September 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Bledsoe

    There will be no real peace in Afghanistan until the NATO forces live up to their moral obligations and leave.What we need to do is wise the public up to this fact but the right-wing thugs won't stand for that and therein lies the problem.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • rick

      hey...I have a three point plan to rid the country of Islamic nut jobs...it called to"2 to the chest, and 1 to the head" we get back to doing that, NATO will leave.

      September 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Soda

        Why don't we build schools and create jobs. That will create a deficit of recruits the Taliban needs to use against NATO forces, and, in doing so, will create a social sector that will see taking control of their own country as a moral obligation.

        September 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        We be better off if Racist Like You Would Leave!!!

        September 22, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Soda: You have to get things right in the regent before You can do that!!!!

        September 22, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • chicago

      Sounds like the lambs need to grab a mitt and get in the game. Time to standup or fall down.

      September 18, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Robrob

      Right -wing thugs? What are you talking about.

      September 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lex

      Yes, lets cede the country to the Taliban and let them have at it, because I'm sure they will bring about peace and happiness for the Afghans, instead of the NATO "thugs" trying to build a functioning democracy. You can support a withdrawl from Afghanistan, but don't pretend you're doing any favors to the Afghan people by inviting the Taliban to retake power. They will be just as ruthless as they were before, only now the blood will be on our hands for abandoning the country to them.

      September 19, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      You will continue to be slaughtered until you quit acting like sheep. The future of your country is at stake. You can't afford to sit on the sidelines. Pick a side and fight or shut up and accept the consequences of your inaction. Freedom isn't Free.

      September 20, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
      • ff

        Funny coming from someone who probably didn't have to fight for his own freedom. Freedom aint free, unless your ancestors did all the work for you.

        September 22, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Capt. NoDuh

      If Afghanistan is the wild west and the Taliban today are Pakistani, Chechen and Arabs then Afghanistan is being invaded and being taken over by religious zealots from foreign countries. That being said, Afghanistan has every right to declare war upon those countries and ask the UN for military and social support. Maybe China would like to bring its military in country to protect its mining and timber operations?

      September 21, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        well written Capt

        September 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • U. No Who

      The US Gov ment. took over the heroine for Brits & CIA & Israel, hired Kharzi the trafficker to run it.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We already did that in Iraq and had to go back again... If Bush Jr would have stayed in Afghanistan instead of going to Iraq We be better off today all around!!!

      September 22, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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