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From an American Soldier's Journal in Afghanistan


This place is so beautiful, the food of this country
is so delicious — everywhere you go, you'll encounter
marks of a rich heritage and an equally rich history;
but the girls of Afghanistan are in pain: they can not
go out (never at night); they must
stay in the house throughout the year, they can not go
to a shop and buy "Stayfree" or "Whispers" napkins;
all throughout their life
they must serve men: first their father, then their husband,
and lastly their sons and grandchildren.
We are here to change all this: but this can not be
done by guns and ammunitions alone; we
need to make songs in the local Afghan language, we
need to compose poetry, paintings, literature,
industry, trade and business
in a language that they understand; we
need to show them the beauty and eye~openingness
of YouTube, of Facebook, of Swisscows, of Google
and the entirety of the Internet; we
need to link the Afghans into the current of the WorldLife. . .

Far away in Delhi, there is small two-storey
building away from the torrents of the city; there
lives a producer who makes lesbian porn videos
and sells them to porn websites.
This guy has a studio in the upper storey of his house—
Many days ago, he visited Afghanistan, and the Talibans
recognized him and tried to kill him. Now, he hears and sees
the news each day (on BBC World News) how the Talibans
are getting choked each day, and are made to kneel
before the Americans.

I, the poet of this poem, live
in the northern portion of Bengal. We
neither have the Talibans, nor the producers
of any porn videos. But we, too, are affected by
what is happening in the rest of the world.
When we are planning for vacation, we automatically
exclude Afghanistan from our list. But I do not like that.
Once Afghanistan was a part of the grand Indian culture.
Once, we spoke the same Hindi / Urdu language.
Once we shared the same pathan blood, of happiness
and of flight (soar) and of abundance, in our veins.
But now, we are cut off. We need to connect with
Pakistan, and that will mechanically link us with Afghanistan,
and that will link us with Turkey and the European Union.
I envision a world where there will be
a one unified world~government.
But the NATO countries can not accomplish this alone.
They need us, the Indians, and the Pakistanis,
to elevate the beautiful land of Afghanistan.


Hegel (author) from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on April 18, 2021:

"Stanley McChrystal: It's a small world now. At the risk of being trite, everything that happens everywhere affects us. We found that on 9/11 and we'll find that in the future as well. Just stability in that region is important beyond just the people who live there. It's important for all of us in the world. And then there's also a sense -- some of the nations in Afghanistan helping the Afghans were nations that we helped some years ago. The Koreans are about to put a provincial reconstruction team in this spring. That kind of willingness to help others and be part of an international effort when at one point in their history they needed help I think is really reflective."


Hegel (author) from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on April 18, 2021:

"Charlie Rose: The core of your philosophy is you have to convince the Afghan people that they have a reason to believe that they can live in peace with some security and some manner of governance that protects them?

Stanley McChrystal: Absolutely. At the end of the day, the people who judge success or failure will be the Afghan people who will make decisions on how they go forward, who they support. So it's critical that we convince them that their government can protect them and will protect them and then meet their basic needs.

Charlie Rose: What's the metric? How do you measure that?

Stanley McChrystal: There are a number of ways, Charlie. One, of course, is polling. You ask them. But there are a number of other ways as well. People make decisions that reflect their outlook on the future, whether a farmer plants a crop, whether someone makes an investment, whether individuals will join the government, whether they will bet their future with the government, join the police, join the army, in fact, join the government, accept a government position. All of those are indicators of confidence. When they believe that things are going in that direction they make very, very important life decisions. And we try to look at all of those."


Hegel (author) from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on April 18, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi ji.

The Talibans have learned enough lessons from NATO already.






Hegel (author) from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on April 18, 2021:

Thank you, John. :~)

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 17, 2021:

This is nice vision Tanmoy.Maybe one day Afghanistan would be peaceful and we can visit the Great Buddha at Bamiyan or even visit the ancient Gandharva kingdom that is mentioned in our ancient Vedic texts. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 17, 2021:

Thank you for writing this poem, Tanmoy. Your sentiments are worthy and this is one of your best.

Hegel (author) from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on April 17, 2021:

Blessings to you too. :~)

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 17, 2021:

So kind of you— Gratitude

Blessings always

Hegel (author) from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on April 17, 2021:

Thank you, Moondot.

It is the task of poets to dream of utopian things and conditions! This is what inspires poets to write poetry. This is how music and poetry shape the world.

I think that the disturbance in the Afghan region is temporary. Things will get better soon. The real challenges exist in the Middle~East region (e.g. the developed economies like UAE, Qatar, etc). It is much harder to "liberate" women in those countries, because the matrix there is much 'harder' and much more complex than a country like Afghanistan. Afghanistan will heal.

Hegel (author) from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on April 17, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah.

Don't worry about comments and replies. We are linked into a great online platform (i.e., HubPages), we shall get notifications, just as this very comment will appear on to your HubPages news~feed. No worries. :~)

As always, peace and blessings to you too. Get well soon. Take care.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on April 17, 2021:

I appreciate your thoughts, Tanmoy. I don't know for how long this 'blame game' will continue. But I want to shed light on one thing that an extremist and terrorist have no religion. I don't know why some people are trying to tarnish the image of Islam.

Islam never teaches us even to kill an insect. It's a brutal act. So how it can allow the killing of human beings?

Though peace seems to be utopic in this region. But we can still hope for the best. Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking article.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 17, 2021:

Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful piece, Tanmoy

I enjoyed the read. You captured it beautifully. There is a lot to say in regard to a comment below but I will avoid. You did a great job. Yes, we have shared the same land, and this thing should be respected. Above all comes the Humanity, which should be survived

I will respond to your and to others comment on my article soon. I wasn’t able to stay online today as I am having high fever (103 right now) and am having fast too. So please Accept my apologies for that, I know you wanted to see my response. I respect you for spreading the word of Peace, Love and Happiness. For sure “Unity Is Strength “

Peace and Blessings always

Hegel (author) from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on April 17, 2021:

Thank you, Mr. Singh, for your response to this poetic piece.

I do have some idea how horrible human conflicts may get. But I like the Talibans because they are against the porn industry.

(Yes, North Bengal is a beautiful place.)

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 17, 2021:

I like your thoughts but I feel they are only thoughts and I have just one adage, " if wishes were horses beggars would ride ." I have been to Afghanistan(Twice). I wonder if you have been there and I've seen the deep scars there from the Taliban and the Wahabi form of Islam. I have interacted with US Army officers some of whom are my friends and they give me an entirely different picture. No debate however because my thinking is the American defeat in Afghanistan has opened the floodgates to even Pakistan being taken over by extremists. You must be aware of what is happening in Pakistan right now and it is the only country in the world that is having such agitations against the country which is thousands of miles away. I spent years in the Middle East and I've seen nothing like this.I hope peace will prevail but it is not going to happen.

Just for the record, I spent time in North Bengal at Baghdogra and Hashimara. Great place.

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