Malalai Joya has been called the “bravest woman in Afghanistan” for her outspoken opposition not only to the U.S. occupation of her country, but both the corrupt U.S.-backed government of Hamid Karzai and the Taliban-led insurgency.
Joya was elected to Afghanistan’s parliament from Farah province in 2005, but was suspended several years later after other representatives claimed she insulted them. She has continued to speak out against war crimes and warlordism, in spite of numerous attempts on her life.
Joya is on a speaking tour of the U.S. for her book A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice. She talked to Deepa Kumar about the situation in her country and the message she hopes to bring to people in the U.S.
So, we’re there to support human rights, etc.? Yeah…right. Political enlightenment starts when you realize that almost everything you hear from your government is propaganda, even in the good times. Once again, we hear from non-approved sources just what we the people are actually supporting.
It’s well past time we leave, and yet Obama is going to expand the war. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider any affiliation with either of the two war parties.