Afghan Blogs: Justice & War Crimes, Fighting Drugs and Parliament

Afghanistan's government recently announced it plans to address war crimes and other abuses that took place during the decades of conflict in the country. Afghan Reality writes about the importance of such a plan and problems that can block it.

It is clear that an ambitious plan dealing with such topics as truth and justice that encompass a constellation of meanings and interpretations is not an easy task.
An important question rises whether the Afghan government and the international community would be willing to compromise some political instability at the cost of bringing to justice the perpetrators.

In other words, how is the government going to deal with the aftermath of holding these influential officials responsible for their brutal crimes against the Afghan society? While some are already dead, most of these individuals enjoy enormous respect, support and backing from their respective communities.

Most important, nowhere within this action plan, as it stands, have I come across the question of crimes committed by external states.

Most of today’s Afghan problems could be traced to the external intervention and exploitation. Who is responsible for making Afghanistan one of the most mined country? Which country is prepared to take responsibility and compensate for the loss of thousands of innocent lives, predominantly children?

Drugs have long been a major problem for Afghanistan. Recently British forces joined the Afghan army to fight against drugs and smugglers. Afghan Warrior welcomes this initiative and writes about it:

Although Afghan anti-narcotics forces are fighting against the drugs smuggling, they do not have enough forces and equipment to defeat the drugs traffickers. Many Afghan people believe that some warlords and some traffickers linked to the Taliban are involved in the drugs trade and they think some police forces are bribed by the smugglers because their salaries are very low. One policeman only makes US$75 to US$100 a month which is not enough to support themselves and their family. So the British forces will play a key role against the drugs smugglers. Most drug traffickers operate in rural and mountainous areas which are hard for Afghan forces to reach, but the British paratroops-led unit will easily reach those areas

Afghanistan firs post-war parliament met in Kabul. Afghan Lordsays today is a historical day in Afghanistan's political history.

Today is a public holiday in Afghanistan in respect of inauguration of parliament. People seem happy although suffered of injustice and war in the last 24 years. In their faces you can read; no war after this, brotherly and friendly living.

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