A Message From The Taliban

When the Soviet military pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, Afghan
citizens cheered wildly because the Soviets had reportedly killed about
one million Afghans during their occupation of the country.

The Mujahideen that had nominally routed the Soviets separated into
their various (mostly tribal) factions and began turf wars within the
country, each determined to dominate the economy. This would be somewhat
like organized crime gangs battling each other, only lots of innocent
citizens were robbed, raped and killed, including children. Torture of
the (summarily convicted) “accused” was a daily practice.

The Afghans cheered again in 1996 when the Taliban defeated the warlords
in most of the country. By then an estimated 50,000 innocent Afghans had
died in the conflict in Kabul alone at the hands of the gangs of the

Most of us have an idea of how brutal the Taliban regime was before it
was driven into the mountains along the border with Pakistan. What
follows below accurately depicts the true nature of the Shari’a law the
Taliban put into place immediately.

It’s worth keeping in mind that even today the Taliban intends to retake
control of Afghanistan. And Shia militants from the south of Iraq and
Iran (with military weaponry support from Iran) plan to turn all of Iraq
into a Taliban-style repressive regime. We already know what the Sunni
militants did to Iraq during the Saddam years.

What follows was broadcast on the radio, from loudspeakers atop each
mosque and printed on flyers that were dropped all over the streets
where every citizen could find them.

Our watan is now known as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. These are
the laws that we will enforce and you will obey:

All citizens must pray five times a day. If it is prayer time and you
are caught doing something other, you will be beaten.

All men will grow their beards. The correct length is at least one
clenched fist beneath the chin. If you do not abide by this, you will be

All boys will wear turbans. Boys in grade one through six will wear
black turbans, higher grades will wear white. All boys will wear Islamic
clothes. Shirt collars will be buttoned.

Singing is forbidden.

Dancing is forbidden.

Playing cards, playing chess, gambling, and kite flying are forbidden.

Writing books, watching films, and painting pictures are forbidden.

If you keep parakeets, you will be beaten. Your birds will be killed.

If you steal, your hand will be cut off at the wrist. If you steal
again, your foot will be cut off.

If you are not Muslim, do not worship where you can be seen by Muslims.
If you do, you will be beaten and imprisoned. If you are caught trying
to convert a Muslim to your faith, you will be executed.

Attention women:
You will stay inside your homes at all times. It is not proper for women
to wander aimlessly about the streets. If you go outside, you must be
accompanied by a mahram (a male relative). If you are caught alone on
the street, you will be beaten and sent home.

You will not, under any circumstance, show your face. You will cover
with burqa when outside. If you do not, you will be severely beaten.

Cosmetics are forbidden.

Jewelry is forbidden.

You will not wear charming clothes.

You will not speak unless spoken to.

You will not make eye contact with men.

You will not laugh in public. If you do, you will be beaten.

You will not paint your nails. If you do you will lose a finger.

Girls are forbidden from attending school. All schools for girls will be
closed immediately.

Women are forbidden from working.

If you are found guilty of adultery, you will be stoned to death.

Listen. Listen well. Obey. Allah-u-akbar.

Not only were women thereafter forbidden from receiving an education,
they received no vote or political status, including no representation
in the government.

In Kabul one hospital was designated for women, while all other
hospitals (including those for women only) were assigned for men.
Children had to attend the hospital for women unless they were taken by
their fathers to the male hospitals (only if they were boys).

The one hospital for women was given no supplies, including no drugs for
anesthesia during operations and no fuel for power generators. Female
surgeons were to wear their burqa while conducting their surgery in the
operating theatre.

The power and influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and militant
Muslims in Iraq is why foreign troops are in those countries. We believe
that we cannot treasure life in our own countries while allowing the
slaughter of innocent men, women and children elsewhere.

Every Muslim mother in Iraq and Afghanistan has the same hopes and
aspirations for her children as your mother had for you. We want to give
those children a chance.

It’s the right thing to do.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social
, a book about what, when and how to teach children what they
need to know to be competent and confident adults.
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