OBL's involvement in 9/11 has never been proven in a court of law. Until then, "alleged" is the correct word to use. Punishing someone "alleged" to have committed a crime isn't just, its a lynching. If Americans had proof that OBL and other people in Afghanistan were responsible for 9/11, then that supports my case that the US should have accepted the Taliban's offer to extradite people of interest to a neutral country for a fair trial.
You obviously have no respect for other cultures. You are just as arrogant and ignorant as the idiots who started the war in Afghanistan. You know little about the Taliban or Afghanistan and have no interest in enlightening yourself. People with attitudes like yours are why many Muslims and Arabs hate us.
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The nine principles of Pashtunwali
Taliban's Ban On Poppy A Success, U.S. Aides Say
By BARBARA CROSSETTE
Published: May 20, 2001
UNITED NATIONS, May 18 — The first American narcotics experts to go to Afghanistan under Taliban rule have concluded that the movement's ban on opium-poppy cultivation appears to have wiped out the world's largest crop in less than a year, officials said today.
The American findings confirm earlier reports from the United Nations drug control program that Afghanistan, which supplied about three-quarters of the world's opium and most of the heroin reaching Europe, had ended poppy planting in one season...
1. Melmastia (hospitality) - Showing hospitality and profound respect to all visitors, regardless of distinctions of race, religion, national affiliation as well as economic status and doing so without any hope of remuneration or favour. Pashtuns are widely considered to be the most hospitable people in the world and a Pashtun will go to great extents to show his hospitality.
2. Nanawatai (asylum) - Derived from the verb meaning to go in, this is used for protection given to a person who requests protection against his/her enemies. The people are protected at all costs, in many cases even people running from the law must be given refuge until the situation is clarified. It can also be used when the vanquished party is prepared to go in to the house of the victors and ask for their forgiveness. (Is a peculiar form of "chivalrous" surrender, in which an enemy seeks "sanctuary" at his enemy's house).
3. Badal (justice) - To seek justice or take revenge against the wrongdoer. This applies to injustices committed yesterday or 1000 years ago if the wrongdoer still exists. Justice in Pashtun lore needs elaborating: even a mere taunt (or "Paighor") is regarded as an insult - which can only usually be redressed by shedding of the taunter's blood (and if he isn't available, then his next closest male relation). This in turn leads to a blood feud that can last generations and involve whole tribes with the loss of hundreds of lives. Normally blood feuds in this all male dominated setup are then settled in a number of ways.
4. Tureh (bravery) - A Pashtun must defend his land/property, family and women from incursions wherever he or she might reside. A Pashtun should always stand brave against tyranny and he should always be able to defend his property, family, women and the honour of his name. Death can follow if anyone mistreats these traits.
5. Sabat (loyalty) - Loyalty must be paid to one's family, friends, and tribe members. Loyalty is a must and a Pashtun can never become disloyal as this would be utterly shameful towards themselves and their families.
6. Imandari (righteousness) - A Pashtun must always strive towards thinking good thoughts, speaking good words and doing other good deeds. Pashtuns must behave respectfully towards all creations including people, animals and the environment around them. Pollution of the environment or its destruction is against the Pashtunwali.
7. Isteqamat - Trust in God (known as "Allah" in Arabic and "Khudai-ta-Allah" in Pashto). The notion of trusting in the one Creator generally comports to Islamic idea of belief in only one God (tawheed).
8. Ghayrat (self honour or dignity) - Pashtuns must maintain their human dignity. Honour has great importance in Pashtun society and most other codes of life are aimed towards the preservation of one's honour or pride. They must respect themselves and others in order to be able to do so, especially those they do not know. Respect begins at home, among family members and relatives.
9. Namus (Honor of women) - A Pashtun must defend the honor of Pashtun women at all costs and must protect them from vocal and physical harm.
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Casualties of the Afghan war:
Afghan Security Forces: 7,500+ killed
Afghan Northern Alliance:200 Killed
Killed: 2,234 (US: 1,395, UK: 352, Canada: 154, Others: 338 )
Wounded: 12,523+ (US: 9,771, UK: 4,091, Canada: 1200+, Australia: 162, Romania: 44, Estonia: 43 )
Wounded & injured: 59,465*
Taliban and Insurgents
Killed or captured: 38,000+
Civilian deaths: 14,000-34,000 approx.
War in Afghanistan (2001?present) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)
All of which could have been avoided if the US would have been less ignorant and arrogant and a little more respectful of Afghan culture and dignity.
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