HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

As the nephew of his Majesty King Amanullah Khan and a cousin of Her Majesty Queen Soraya, who laid the foundation of the Women’s Freedom movement in Afghanistan in 1920s, because they both believed in the Freedom of Women, I am honored to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the mothers, daughters and sisters of the world on this day.

You are the backbone of every society in the world. You , not only have suffered the pain of childbirth, but your sisters, daughters and mothers in the Middle East and Afghanistan and elsewhere are daily suffering the pain of bloodshed, physical, mental and emotional abuse by some of the very children that you have brought forth into this world. Yet through it all, you stand proud, resilient and strong against all of these odds and bear the pain as a medal of honor. To you all I say, I am ashamed to be called a man. For it is certain members of my gender who are committing these heinous crimes against you.. These animals forget that you have given them life. Took care of them. Sacrificed for them. Without you, they would not be here.

I condemn my fellow men’s criminal actions against your life and honor and dignity and I, proudly stand by and with you, in your continuous struggle to make this a better world.

LADIES OF THE WORLD, I SALUTE YOU.

A NEW TRIBAL VISION FOR AFGHANISTAN

To Win in Afghanistan, it Is Time to Empower the People

Now that General Nicholson has described the war in Afghanistan is a stalemate, we clearly need a new strategy. Incremental improvements are not enough. We need to introduce new ideas, or, to echo Senator John McCain at the hearing, a “new strategy.”

It is likely that Gen. Nicholson is underestimating the scale of the problem, when he says the equilibrium is favoring the Afghan government. It is not. The government is losing ground steadily.  As the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan said less than two weeks ago, control of the districts is melting away, with only about 63 percent under government control or influence, down 9 percent in only 14 months.  And 63 percent is probably an overstatement.

America’s efforts in Afghanistan are hobbled because it ignores the most essential people in the equation; the Afghan people themselves, namely the Tribes and the young generation, which constitutes around 60% of the population. The US has pursued a government-centric approach that focuses too heavily on the formal structures of ministries and provincial governments, and too little on the tribes, or ‘qawms’, that make up the real Afghanistan.

Without harnessing the tribes, the war effort cannot harness the people.

Without winning over the people, the insurgents swim in a sea where the fish are coming increasingly under their sway. Now is the time to stop the rot.

Let history be our guide. The Soviets were driven out of Afghanistan for one simple reason: the tribes and the people rose up and forced them out. US assistance helped, but there was no answer to determined men who laid down their lives to destroy alien tanks by covering them in gasoline-soaked blankets, until finally the invader departed.

Simply put, the tribes are not now engaged. Indeed, many of them have men fighting on the other side. Tribal elders are not actively helping the government because the government does not actively seek their support and have lost their trust. With US help, the governments have attempted to improve the state structures that the Americans understand. Ones that do not consider the will of the people. It is past time to harness the power of the tribes. To do this, the US and the Afghan government, with the support of the Tribal Elders must:

– Convene a national Loya Jirga to enlist the support of the tribes, publicly. This must bring every tribe into the tent, even those who have too little reason to work with the government. We are all Afghans, and we will all work together

– Create tribal liaisons at all levels of the Afghan National Army and Police, down to battalion and district level.

– Create levies of tribal fighters who can assist the police and army, under the supervision of tribal elders but with close liaison with the security forces.

– Establish dialog centers in Taliban areas to reconcile the Afghan fighters of the Taliban ranks.  Tribal outreach is enormously powerful, while government structures have repeatedly failed to reconcile large numbers of fighters.

We must take these and other steps immediately because we understand three things. The war is going badly and will get worse, no matter how many more Americans are sent to help the war effort. The Afghan government’s legitimacy does not begin to approach the power of the tribes. And finally, this is a psychological war, so persuasion, cooperation and national unity is inconceivably more powerful than appeals for support from a government that has shown itself too often to be weak, corrupt and unable to provide the most basics for its people.

We must act now, because time is slipping away. A large number of tribes have already signed onto these ideas, and are waiting to move forward to assist the Afghan government and the security forces. We need the new US strategy to help empower the tribes and the people so that finally the real Afghanistan, both rural and urban, can help win this war.

As a member of the Royal Family of Afghanistan I have seen the awesome power of our people once suitably roused. We must learn from our past history.  I fear for our future if we continue to reinforce failure with more of the same.

 

Prince Ali Seraj is the nephew of King Amanullah. Since 2001, he has lectured widely in the US on Afghan policy, acted as the intermediary between NATO officers and tribal elders on numerous occasions, and is the chairman of the National Coalition for Dialogue with the Tribes of Afghanistan.  

           

UN Crime against Afghans

By taking the murderer Gulbudin Hekmatyar off of the Black List, the UN has committed a crime against Afghan humanity.  Or does the UN not consider the murdered victims of Afghanistan, at he hands of this most vicious killer, as HUMAN beings.

I dare the UN to send its envoy to face the families of the thousands martyred by this criminal and tell them why it has removed this killer’s name off of the Black List.  Why is this terrorist is not being tried at the International Court for crimes against humanity.

This person, several months ago, had pledged allegiance to the ISIS.  This mass murderer has killed a large number of the ISAF forces inside Afghanistan, including French soldiers in Tagaow and Suroobi, two districts in Eastern Afghanistan. Members of his group have murdered hundreds in the Northern Districts of Afghanistan. They have kidnapped foreign and Afghan individuals for ransom. I was a witness to one of his kidnappings, where a young female journalist from Holland was kidnapped by his group in Suroobi and only released after a ransom was paid.

We Afghans deserve, nay, DEMAND an answer from the UN for its vile decision to take this dog off of its Black list. This criminal, who bombarded Kabul with thousand of rockets is being forgiven by the UN while others with much less crimes are being tried in Hague.

United Nations, shame be upon you for your cowardly act. Your action is a disgrace to the very name you represent.

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 ??????

And thus another year passes and we are all one year older. But are we wiser?

My friends, before we embrace and wish each other a HAPPY NEW YEAR for the 2017, let us reminisce about what took place in 2016.

The year 2016 will be remembered as the year where:

ISIS/ISIL/DAISH/BOKO HARAM/AL NUSRA promoting Wahhabism, have murdered thousands of innocent human beings in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Paris, kidnapped women and children. Have sold the women as slaves. Abusing the religion of Islam they have used it as an excuse for their murderous adventures, thus creating Islamophobia in the minds of those who have no knowledge of the Real Islam, which actually promotes Peace and abhors murder of even one person.

Millions of natives from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere, have been forced to flee their homelands because of these terrorists, and have migrated to Europe.  In the process, a great number have drowned in their attempt to seek a better life.

2016 also became the year of mass confusion of distinguishing between friends and foes. It saw alliances being formed between friends on one side and foes on the other. All at the same time. It disregarded crimes against humanity from friendly nations and condemned those nations which wanted to save humanity.  They have talked about getting rid of the Taliban in Afghanistan, yet did nothing to stop those nations who are funding and supporting these terrorists who have killed thousands of American and NATO soldiers and tens of thousands of Afghan Citizens over the past 15 years.

2016 is ending with a great deal of unfinished business and a great number new threats to humanity.

So while we are getting ready to ring in 2017, let us not forget those who sacrificed their lives in order for us to live to see the beginning of a New Year.

Let us endeavor to make sure that their sacrifice have not and will not have been in vain. Let us put aside our differences, whether they may be CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS, or of color and creed and unite as one, to fight our common enemies, who is hell bent on destroying us. For after all, are we all not the children of the same God, all be it, we follow different roads to get to HIM?

Let us be wise to be able to distinguish between real friends and real foes.  Let us not be swayed by narratives and actions of those who want to divide us in order to conquer us.

Let 2017 be the year that the world stood together and yelled in one voice, “WE ALL ARE UNITED AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WE WIL NO LONGER BE SWAYED BY LIES AND DECEIT. WE WILL BE OUR BROTHERS’ KEEPERS. WE WILL BRING PEACE. SO HELP US GOD.

LET 2017 BE THE YEAR OF PEACE.

I, NOW, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WISH ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND THE PEACE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, A VERY HAPPY 2017 NEW YEAR. .

Let us honor the brave fallen soldiers and all those who have been the victims during the past 15 years, with a moment of silent prayers.

Amen, Ameen.

 

HUMAN DOG OWNER FREED BY BRITAIN

Article on Zardad as per Telegraph News.
 
“An Afghan warlord who settled in Britain kept a human dog to bite his victims and waged a campaign of kidnap and torture against civilians, the Old Bailey was told yesterday”
 
This criminal who kept a human dog to bite and eat victims and who was jailed for 20 years in Britain was released and sent back to Afghanistan. He arrived yesterday, December 13, 2016, in Kabul. Apparently the British are still angry for having lost three wars with Afghanistan. Why else would a nation which calls itself civilized, send a mass murderer back to Afghanistan before he completes his sentence. This human dog owner was the commander under another mass murderer called Gulbudin  Hekmatyar, who himself is on the UN Black List as a terrorist and who is now welcomed back to Afghanistan by President Ghani. Gulbudin is personally responsible for the deaths of thousands of Afghans and NATO forces.
 
Is this the way that those who came to Afghanistan to save it from the Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists are now seeking a way out, are handing our besieged and beleaguered nation back to the very terrorists that they came to save them from. What answer will Britain and USA have for the families of the thousands of their loved ones who were murdered by these terrorists they are imposing on our nation. Those brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives because their Leaderships wanted to rid the world of Terrorists like the ones who are being welcomed back to the very nation where they murdered tens of thousands. 
 
The Coalition Nations spent hundreds of billions of dollars but in the end, they are handing Afghanistan back to the very killers whom they considered as enemies of the civilized world.
 
I say to those who support such a heinous policy, that one day they too will be judged. The world does not need another Iraq, Libya or Syria. These actions have opened the door for the ISIL to embed their evil selves among the returning refugees from Pakistan, to be settled in different Provinces of Afghanistan and pose an extreme danger for the region and the world.
Terrorists like Gulbudin and Zardad do not deserve to live within civilized beings. They must be where they can no longer murder, torture or hurt the innocent. They should be chained like Zardad’s human dog and put away for life.
 
Afghanistan has suffered enough. We do not need this type of treacherous peace that the “Friends” of Afghanistan want to impose at this late stage, upon the Afghan nation and Afghan people.