Meanwhile in Afghanistan…

This year American’s will choose who is going to represent the United States and it’s interests, in the 2012 Presidential Elections. As the rhetoric begins to become heated, one thing that I have noticed is that the candidates are generally safe. They are guarded and monitored, to protect from physical attack and sometimes even from verbal attack. We have all seen the hecklers being scurried out of a debate or speech. I tend to laugh shaking my head and nodding at those around me to show my disapproval of their outburst that made news at 5pm. One recent example of our security in America occurred just a couple of days ago; when a plot to destroy the U.S Capital buildings was stopped due to the vigilance of the FBI. I am not going to say that our modern systems are perfect and that we live in a wonderful bubble of protection, but overall we have the liberty of knowing that it does not take much courage to stand up for what you believe in, as the potential for harm fairly low when your in the spotlight.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, the representatives of the people who are going up against the terrorists,  don’t have the luxuries that the U.S candidates and representatives do. I am pretty sure that the heckler is the least of the active threats against the members of the Afghanistan parliament.
Today I saw a glimpse into the work of Fawzia Koofi. She is an MP in the Afghan parliament and has endured not only the threat of danger but also the acts of assassination attempts on her life. I’m talking real threats, not the ones that claim to shine a light in the shadowy past of a politician. In an interview on BBC’s “HARDtalk” with Tim Franks she explains the reasoning behind her life threatening work as a politician in Afghanistan.
She explained that she is willing to die for her causes. “We die anyway”, was her response to the question of why is death a price to pay for her beliefs. Being a martyr is extreme but knowingly putting oneself in a situation where martyrdom is a possible promotion is pretty gutsy.I am thankful for my American security when I hear about the lives of the activists from a place lacking in freedoms such as mine, but Fawzia Koofi’s story makes me wonder. How many modern American politicians would there be leading the citizens, in a

cred. BBC - "HARDtalk" with Fawzia Koofi

third world state of being? In America’s past there have been many who lost their lives, striving to contribute to positive change. And in the history of Earth we know of many who gave the sacrifice for their beliefs. From the Bible to Encyclopedias we find names upon names dying in the name of God, politics and humanity. These names have inspired movements that have freed humanity from oppression, eradicated slavery and broke  through walls giving way to democracy. Maybe the heckler’s outburst is evidence of courage I am overlooking, at least they are ready to die socially for a moment in time, as I smirk in living room.

My question to you is, what beliefs are you willing to die for? If we don’t truly believe then can we really complain?

BBC. “Female Afghan MP on Death Threats: ‘We Die Anyway'” BBC News. BBC, 20 Feb. 2012. Web. 21 Feb. 2012. <;.


One thought on “Meanwhile in Afghanistan…

  1. “From the Bible to Encyclopedias we find names upon names dying in the name of God, politics and humanity. These names have inspired movements that have freed humanity from oppression, eradicated slavery and broke through walls giving way to democracy ” – This is true.

    Sacrifices are numerous! ‘We die anyways’ is a courageous expression.

    If the reason being ‘change in the lives of their people’ as she mentioned in the talk, then her stance is acceptable owing to ‘Be the change that you want to see in this world – Mahatma Gandhi’.

    I’m afraid, I can’t say anything particular to this case!

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