KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 17, 2012) — The following is a statement from Gen. John Allen, commander of ISAF:
the eve of the most blessed celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, when the pious
people of Afghanistan celebrate their faith and the Holy words of the
Koran, once again Mullah Omar has issued an unmistakable message of
death, hate and hopelessness for the Afghan people.
normal members of the faithful, this should be a message of
congratulations on the occasion of the ending of the holy period of
Ramazan, but instead this message speaks to insurgent operations,
revenge, death, lies and false unity among the killers.
the same insane language of previous years, Omar once again writes that
his thugs should “pay close attention to the protection of life,
property and honor…employ tactics that do not cause harm to life and
property of the common countrymen.” Yet, as we saw in Nimroz and Kunduz
Provinces just days ago, Omar sent his assassins to slaughter dozens of
innocent Afghan men, women and children. In 2012 alone, hundreds of
innocent Afghans have been killed by bombs built and detonated by Omar’s
people. Either Omar is lying, or his henchmen are not listening to him,
but it is clear that innocent Afghan civilians are paying the price for
his corrupt leadership.
While Omar rests comfortably from afar,
he continues to send young brain-washed men to carry out attacks in a
fruitless cause. He professes love for his fighters, yet he sends them
to their deaths by the hundreds. Where is the vision that Omar speaks
of? Where is the love he professes for the Afghan people? Are these
not the acts of a deranged man who puts his own goals of personal
domination ahead of the future of the Afghan people?
point is most apparent when Omar speaks about education in this year’s
Eid message. He insults the Afghan people when he says his movement
“…considers education as a main factor for advancement of its beloved
people in this world and a cause for their prosperity in the world to
come.” Not true. Omar’s people have burned numerous schools, built by
the Government of Afghanistan and the Coalition, as examples of his true
belief in education for the Afghan children.
Omar also says
his thugs have infiltrated the ranks of Afghanistan’s legitimate armed
forces. The pride of the Afghan people has been smeared by killers who
pose as Soldiers and police, yet they represent the worst of humanity.
Today, the Afghan Army and National Police are trying to build a better
future for the Afghan people, yet Omar wants to stop these efforts.
Coalition forces are here to help the people; we have no other reason
for being here other than to make Afghanistan a stable country, founded
on educated and healthy citizens.
If Omar’s Eid message were
true to his written word, he would stop slaughtering innocent Afghans.
He would recognize that his movement does not have the will or
capability to make Afghanistan a prosperous state, at peace with its
neighbors, and a viable member of the international community.”
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