Taliban issue Little Blue Book

The Taliban’s little blue book is here.

Reports show that the Taliban head Mullah Omar has issued his forces in Afghanistan with a booklet containing the new code of conduct for the Taliban, including new, reformed and somehow, “civilized”, instructions on the treatment of civilians, prisoners as well as avoiding “civilian” casualties in what seems to be their latest ploy in putting up a challenge to the effectiveness of the Afghan government. Also, there seems to an attempt to reestablish the chain of command as well as making maximum use of the all the major areas where the Afghan government has failed – which is basically almost all areas deemed to be of the concern of the Afghan government.

The Telegraph has a rather nice summary of the 13 chapters and 67 articles including some of the instructions on How to be a Good Taliban:

Suicide attacks:

“Should only be used on high and important targets. A brave son of Islam should not be used for lower and useless targets. Governors, district chiefs and line commanders and every member of the Mujahideen must do their best to avoid civilian deaths, civilian injuries and damage to civilian property. Great care must be taken.”

Prisoners:

“Whenever any official, soldier, contractor or worker of the slave government is captured, these prisoners cannot be attacked or harmed. If the prisoner is a director, commander or district chief or higher, the decision on whether to harm, kill, release or forgive them is only made by the Imam.”

Nato soldiers:

“If a military infidel is captured, the decision on whether to kill, release or exchange the hostage is only to be made by the Imam or deputy Imam.”

Ransoms:

“The decision on whether to seek a prisoner exchange, or to release the prisoner, with a strong guarantee, will be made by the provincial leader. Releasing prisoners in exchange for money is strictly prohibited.”

Hearts and minds:

“The Mujahideen have to behave well and show proper treatment to the nation, in order to bring the hearts of civilian Muslims closer to them.”

Equal opportunities:

“The Mujahideen must avoid discrimination based on tribal roots, language or their geographic background.”

Following is an AlJazeera report on the same issue:

Given the fact that the guys on the side of “democracy” are too busy making a mockery of it all, this is cleverly timed Taliban election pamphlet. Meanwhile, the Afghan government or countries involved in this phase of the Afghan war are yet to come up with a comprehensive strategy towards addressing the basic issues the Afghans are faced with, at least, in order to sway them away from supporting opposition as means of expressing their frustration with the failure of the Afghan government and in turn with that of its backers.

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The Lost Buddhas

Journeys to the End of the Earth: The Lost Buddhas of Bamiyan

Australian photo journalist David Adams hitches a ride with the Taliban to cris-cross Afghanistan, to reach the Bamiyan Buddhas, just before they were destroyed by the Taliban.

Download full movie here.

David Adams website here.

Afghanistan in pictures

An Afghan woman checks out a Burqa at a Burqa Shop in Herat
An Afghan woman checks out a Burqa at a Burqa Shop in Herat
Funeral service for a dead soldier from Illinois killed in an IED attack in Kandahar
Funeral of a soldier from Illinois killed in an IED attack in Kandahar

Above are a couple of pictures from a wonderful two-part photo series from Boston.com. Part 2 includes a few shots of close quarter battle with the Taliban as part of Operation Khanjar, part of the latest “surge” in Helmand, also apparently the largest Marine op since Vietnam.

Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Of marital rape and other laws

It appears that all the protests have paid off. The Afghan government has revised and amended its, now infamous, rape law but, as expected, is yet to come out of the Stone Age. The new and improved Islamic Shariah law for Afghanistan’s Shia minority does not anymore make women submit to their husbands’ once-every-four-days sexual advancements but merely gets them to do so by allowing husbands to starve their wives if they refuse to have sex with them. Apparently this guy “was not happy” but has agreed to make concessions to sanity in this regard. Also this ayatollah believes that it is all in line with “freedom”, “rights of women” and “shariah of the prophet”.

Consent or otherwise, the concept or marital rape is non-existent in Afghanistan. It’s is generally accepted that marriage equals a lifetime of consent for men and submission by women.

... wish this would happen

... wish this would happen

According to activist Wazhman Forogh, “There have been a few little changes, but they are not enough. For example, if the wife doesn’t accept her husband’s sexual requirements then he can deny her food.”

In addition, there is room for rapists to go free if they offer to marry their victims. Razia Jan, who is currently building a women’s center in Bamiyan said: “Violence against women is already endemic. Men pay thousands of dollars for young girls and they are treated like slaves. Women here are already so vulnerable.”

This recent report by Reuters rates rape is a huge problem in Afghanistan and claims that it is an everyday occurrence with perpetrators usually tied to local militias, mullahs and elders. The plight of victims is almost always ignored by the shuras and jirgas led by elderly illiterate villagers.

RAWA reports a few of the cases here and here.

Malalai Joya is busy promoting her newly published memoir Raising My Voice. She made a few good points on the topics of the presence of international forces in Afghanistan, the fate of democracy in Afghanistan and the bandwagon rise of the Northern Alliance and others during her interview.

Country Profile – Afghanistan

Background:

An Islamist tribal leader conquered inferior tribes and named his kingdom Afghanistan. Depending on who was paying better, the country was under either the Russian or British influence for decades pretending to be a buffer between both. With the arrival of actual literacy in the Royal family, the country was declared independent of notional British control in 1919. It was followed by attempts of secularizing and freeing the country out of the self built pariah state. That was not to be.

Shinwari Tribesmen after Chasing Away the Infidel King

Shinwari Tribesmen after Chasing Away the Infidel King

Tribes were not particularly pleased with the Royal Family, especially after having seen the Queen bareheaded in public. How dare Amanullah! They unleashed their jihadist wrath on the King and made him run for his life.

Democracy never developed beyond experimentation. Two different versions were imported in 1973 and 1978. This laboratory of the Left and the Right was then faced with the wrath of the Allah’s bodyguards. Communists extended an invitation to the Soviet Union to join the fun in 1979. This touched off a chain of Jihadi and anti-Jihadi wars that turned the country of the people into the country of the god and ghosts. Mullah’s accused the Socialists of insulting the heavenly judgement by redistributing wealth and land. How dare they!

The extreme religious Right claimed moral superiority as apparently the old Allah and his bodyguard tribes were on their side. The USSR withdrew in 1989 leaving the country with wrath and wrath-ists everywhere. Allah’s bodyguards then turned on each other and everyone else claiming to have support and instructions from some invisible being, which sent instructions in Arabic from across the borders. Allah’s presidential guards took over Kabul in 1996. These saints were Allah’s direct descendents and were therefore obliged to carry out heavenly punishments for all minor and major issues. Apparently Allah and his descendents did not only not like their former bodyguards but people of different shapes and colors as well. The quick solution was to homogenize the population through genocide and public executions. With a superior version of the religion came superior operations and super deeds!

Islamic Democracy In Action

Islamic Democracy In Action

Inline with the tradition of the turning against the boss, Allah’s descendents attacked their anti-Soviet sponsors on 11 September 2001 killing over 3000 people. It was the bodyguards’ turn all over again. Intense American and European pressure made them sit together and talk, for a change. Out they came with better marketing and brand new packaging. Hamid Karzai was now the charislamatic leader of the Islamic Islapublic of Islaghanistan. Islamic Assembly was inaugurated the following December to provide the bodyguards and ‘former’ descendants with a cave like environment so that they could sit together, threaten each other, beat women MP’s, ban Television shows and legislate a new Islamic order every other day. Of course, the overthrown Allah’s committed descendants haven’t liked any of this and have so far successfully killed thousands on the disliked public and strangers.

Geography

Location:
Somewhere between the poppy fields and the local mosque

Geographic Coordinates:
600 AD, 700 AD

Map references:
Arab Proxy State

Area:
Frequently changing and volatile

Land boundaries:
Only with Islamic countries (Non-Islamic countries don’t exist!)

Coastline:
Varies with blood flow

Climate:
Depends on the amount of explosives used; Very hot insurgency seasons, heavy jihad flow all year around

Terrain:
Large graveyards; minefields in the north, south, east, west and center, large inhabitable caves – terrorists only

Elevation extremes:
Lowest point: mildly extreme
Highest point: ultra extreme, too extreme for the metric system

Natural resources:
Anything that can be used as weapon, Soviet Weapons, US dollars, Arabic books, lots of explosives, lead, sulfur, beards

Land use:
Arable land: very little (poppy only)
Permanent crops: less (poppy only)
Other: (poppy only)

Irrigated land:
The Poppy fields in Helmand and Badakhshan

Children play in the Poppy fields of the Autonomous Region of Poppyistan

Children play in the Poppy fields of the Autonomous Region of Poppyistan

Natural hazards:
Frequent suicide attacks, Arabs, Pakistanis, Afghans and other Muslims, RPG’s, Tribes, Afghans, everyone

Environment – current issues:
Limited brain function; inadequate logic; mental degradation and retardation; ultra-religious; much of remaining minds dead or in hiding and fleeing the country, Quranic and other religious pollution

Environment – international agreements:
AlQaeda, Taliban, Long time Islamist sanctuary

People

Population:
Declining fast

Age structure:
0-14 years: Numbers growing fast due to over-breeding
Young people: Fleeing out at an unprecedented rate
50 years and over: Only a few, most don’t make it that far

Median age:
Total: die young
Male: die young
Female: die even younger especially if married off to that old village mullah

Population growth rate:
Negative

Birth rate:
One birth per soon-to-die mother per year (Husband gets another breeding machine soon after)

Death rate:
High among females and Children, High among males in the South and elsewhere

Sex ratio:
At birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
Under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.05 male (females disappear)
65 years and over: Very few males, no females
Total population: Male, A few female politicians

Infant mortality rate:
Colossal

Life expectancy at birth:
No

Total fertility rate:
43 children per woman unless she dies at the end of the first pregnancy

HIV/AIDS :
What is that!? Oh, Aid. Yes, our economy lives on UN and US Aid

Major infectious diseases:
Degree of risk: critical
Food or waterborne diseases: extremism, fundamentalism, tribalism, mullahs
Vectorborne disease: warlords, contractors
note: some infections prevalent since the arrival of Islam, other infection rates increase with Saudi, Iran and Pakistani involvement

Nationality:
noun: Terrorist(s)
adjective: Bearded, Towel-headed, Veiled

Ethnic groups:
Pashtun 110%, Tajik 110%, Hazara 110%, Uzbek 110%, Others don’t have powerful warlords

Religions:
Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi’a Muslim 19%, Confused and sick tired of it all 1%

Languages:
Dari and/or Pushto depending on who is in power

Literacy:
No

School life expectancy:
Schools are burned down

Education expenditures – percent of GDP:
Not yet

Government

Country name:
Conventional long form: Islamic Islamopublic of Islafghanistan
Conventional short form: Terroristan
Local long form: Dawlat e Islami e Arabi e Islamistan wa Afghanistan
Local short form: Mujahidistan (North), Talibanistan (South)
Former: Battlefield Afghanistan

Government type:
Islamic Fundamentalists and puppets

Capital:
Name: Kabul
Geographic coordinates: Between a dirt city and a gutter
Time difference: 1000 years behind

Independence:
Not Yet and not in the near future

National holiday:
Everyday a warlord/Arab saint dies

Constitution:
Islamic books, Mullah, Everything goes

Legal system:
1400 years old
An eye for an eye
Both eyes for an eye if you are a student, a journalist, a convert or a woman
None for Officials, Islamists and Warlords

Executive branch:
Father of Nation, Uncle of Nation, Aunt of Nation, President of Nation, Zero of Nation, Dead of Nation and others

Judicial branch:
Nine member bench of Islamic fundamentalists

Political parties:
Islam, Tribe, Ethnicity

Political pressure groups and leaders:
Local Mullahs and Warlords, Saudi Arabia, United States, Pakistan, Iran, … India (!?)

International organization participation:
NATO, US Army, ISAF, Arab Terrorists, Pakistan Zealots, Irani Ayatollahs

Diplomatic representation in the US:
Zalmay Khalilzad

Diplomatic representation from the US:
Zalmay Khalilzad

Flag description:
A piece of cloth bearing a mosque and illegible religious text

Economy

Economy – overview:
Narco-state, US+Saudi+Irani funding, NGOs

GDP (purchasing power parity):
Most Afghans can’t afford to buy

GDP (official exchange rate):
90% of Global Opium Production (and proud)

GDP – real growth rate:
Constant since 2003

GDP – per capita (PPP):
$0.0000000001 for ordinary Afghans, $100000000 for warlords, smugglers and NGO employees

GDP – composition by sector:
Opium: 80%
Arms: 10%
Bribe: 10%

Labor force:
Mainly women

Labor force – by occupation:
In Hospital: 30%
Dead: 50%
Unable to get to a hospital: 20%

A Liberated Afghan Woman

A Liberated Afghan Woman

Unemployment rate:
90%

Population below poverty line:
95%

Budget:
Revenues: $715 million
Expenditures: Wages for MPs and Warlords, Private Security Contractors

Agriculture – products:
Opium

Industries:
AK47 and Opium factories

Electricity:
Twice a week, Three hours a day

Oil – production:
None (Thankfully so)

Natural gas:
In the northern region of Dostumistan

Exports:
90+% of Global Opium Exports (and Proud!)

Imports:
Arab and Pakistani terrorists, Suicide vests, Iran-trained clerics, Copies of the Quran and other religious texts

Communications

Telephones:
24 hr service between the White House and Kabul Presidential Palace, the rest don’t believe in the Telephone

Radio broadcast stations:
Taliban Propaganda FM, Government Propaganda FM, Religious Madrassas FM, Muji FM

Television broadcast stations:
Government, Tolo Television (Soon to be overrun by Sayyaf and company)

Transportation

Airports:
Bagram, Kandahar and other ones of military importance

Pipelines:
Unocaline

Roadways:
Kabul-Kandahar Highway (Highway to Hell)

Military

Military branches:
NATO, ANA, Private Militias

Military service age:
8 years +

Transnational Issues

Disputes – international:
The Durand line – border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistan’s NWFP, Islamic conquest lands

Refugees and internally displaced persons:
Everyone

Illicit drugs:
Extremism, Islam, Fundamentalism, Ignorance, Opium, Bollywood Movies