Posted: 9/3/2021 21:59:55 PM
Modified: 9/3/2021 22:00:05
Thank goodness I was not a government or NGO expert when I, along with a few of my in-laws at the time, founded the Zarghoona Women’s Center in a very conservative Pakistan border town in 2000.
I had lived in other cities in Pakistan for various periods from 1976 onwards, and I was there during the massive influx of Afghan refugees in the 1980s. So I had a fairly good understanding of the issues. increasingly fundamentalist and extremist views transforming Pakistan, but unfortunately I was not a medium.
My child and I joined his father there, where he had started a business, in August 2001.
We watched the fall of the second tower live on CNN International.
In October, following the US bombing of Afghanistan, our company was attacked by a mob. Our security guards pushed them back, so they set our car on fire instead. From that point on, we lived with cops in our family compound. We had to drop our legal action against the mob if we didn’t want to be killed.
NGO funders wanted reassurance that the fiction that Zarghoona was run entirely by women, but it was essential for the safety of our staff and students that my then-husband was in fact the senior officer. This ensured that the bank managing Zarghoona’s account and the Ministry of Social Protection that controlled our charity certification would not extort our women.
The Taliban wanted to end all female education in our city and warned that they would shoot any women or girls who were carried on bicycles or scooters by men. This is how the poor travel.
My in-laws were Sunni Muslims, but we had Shia friends. The Shiite community was under constant threats from the Taliban and we knew people whose relatives had been murdered.
After our return to New York, we tried to make Zarghoona work with the income from our business. But without a male protector, it was just too dangerous for our women and we shut it down in 2004.
The Taliban are brutal, unregenerated thugs. The West helped create, arm and finance them and now millions of Afghans and Pakistanis will forever pay for this stupidity.
SARAH CRYSL AKHTAR
President Joe Biden defends his decision to leave Afghanistan. Sadly, this is not what worries most Americans, and the president and his advisers should know that.
The issue at the heart of criticism is the execution of the start. This appears to have been very poorly planned, possibly causing the senseless deaths of our servicemen and many Afghans, and included the fact that we have left billions of dollars in military equipment that can be used by the military. Taliban or other terrorist groups to kill innocent people. The whole outing was a terrible show of incompetence.
Now consider that Congress wants to give the administration about $ 5,000 billion for infrastructure and social engineering.
Can we be sure that the execution of the various programs will be planned and accomplished more competently than the exit from Afghanistan?
For example, is there a plan to find and train the thousands of people to staff daycares and pre-kindergarten programs? Where will all the other health care providers come from?
This administration has shown incompetence in other areas, perhaps more particularly border security. There is little evidence to give us confidence that this money will not be wasted, whether through sheer incompetence or corruption. Worse yet, because of the borrowing and the taxes it entails, our children and their children will continue to pay the bills.
Great leaders and managers understand that good execution is essential to the success of any strategy. As Thomas Edison is credited with saying, “A vision without execution is a hallucination. ”
DENNIS E. LOGUE
Thanks to Forum Contributor Margaret D. Hurley for another thoughtful and insightful letter (“Fishing is Torture,” August 31) calling attention to the cruelty we humans inflict on other living things “for pleasure “.