A group of seven girls and guys, including me, were climbing a sand mountain and everyone was so happy. It was quite difficult but one of the girls was the first one to reach the top of the Rig-e-Rawan mountain in Kapisa province. Girls were concerned about going out of Kabul due to security problems but the anxiety eased when we all assembled in the northern gate of Shahr-e-Naw Park, on early Friday morning on the 1st of April, and headed to our destination.
It was a lot of fun, specially while we rolled from the top of the mountain to the bottom. We laughed out loud as it was a crazy activity and enjoyed the company of our friends. We stopped for a Bolani and dough, Afghan vegetarian food, on our way back to Kabul. Throughout the journey, we were cracking jokes and laughing a lot while taking pictures of the passing scenery.
Little did we know about the violent rally that was taking place at the same time in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i Sharif. Some evil men climbed the UN compound walls and killed 7 innocent foreigners to vent their anger over the burning of Holy Quran by a mad American pastor in Florida few days ago.
Terry Jones, who promised not to burn the copy of Holy Quran, reneged on his words and burnt the sacred Muslim book on 21 March. Coincidentally, it was the first day of our new year and the same day I was in Mazar-i Sharif to cover the new year festivities that took place so peacefully.
The politicians of many Islamic countries kept quite about it as did most of the big news agencies, because every one believed that Terry Jones is mentally unstable and no one will count him as a serious Christian world representative. It was not a big deal to most of the rich Islamic countries in the world but an ignorant statement from Karzai’s office changed everything, in fact a bloody change.
Ten innocent people were killed in Mazar and dozens of others were injured. Many people were also killed and wounded in southern Kandahar and rallies are still taking place across the nation.
The demonstration was peaceful in Mazar and they were supposed to go to an American office or organization but, for some strange reason, they suddenly changed their direction and attacked the UN office. It is a matter of big shame for Governor Atta Mohammed who always bluffs about the peace and security in Mazar. He could not or maybe did not wanted to control the crowd that went on to behead two innocent European nationals.
Karzai committed another blunder and was the cause of the killing of many innocent people in Afghanistan. Who should punish him now? Who can punish a dictator who has taken all the power in his dirty hands?
In a democratic system, power is shared and it is the people that rule the country and society. However, in our country, Karzai handpicks the judiciary and ignores the parliament. He violates the Constitution and then invites the Taliban to accept it. He does not know what he is doing and how to rule the country.
Karzai’s team thinks that they are working in the ‘national interests’ and whatever they’re doing is correct. They are busy spreading propaganda about the West – specially the USA – who are our strategic friends in this region and spending a lot of lives and money here. His team is trying to get closer to the Taliban which is bound to fail. He and his team should know that people are not blind and making wedding laws to cover his mistake about the statement for Quran burning is not smart at all.
We, the Afghan people, pretend to know each other which is not true. Neither our politicians nor the people know about each other and we never tried to understand each other. Most of the youth in Kabul, including my friends, are so hopeless and disagree with all the policies that Karzai follows but he or his team never tries to contact people and talk to them to find out about their legitimate demands.
Karzai is helping Afghan nations to be more divided than ever before. He has a big misunderstanding about democracy and governance. He and his corrupt government and family will lead Afghanistan to nowhere.
The saddest part of the Afghanistan’s tale is that the youth are not ready and aware to take any action. They are divided and further apart from each other. No one has ever tried to gather them and use their power to change this country. Would there be a time when we see our youth taking control of this country and make ‘honesty the best policy’?
Massoud Hossaini is a 29-year-old photo journalist from Afghanistan who has been covering the war in Afghanistan since the last several years. He frequently embeds with the coalition forces in Afghanistan to find out the other side of the story. His stories can be read on http://massoudhossaini.blogspot.com. Diary written by Massoud Hossaini; Edited & Published by Moign Khawaja.