DEATH OF A NATION (before even starting to be one)

By William Markiewicz

Afghans Face Mental, Physical Health Crisis

P. V. Unnikrishnan, Inter Press Service (IPS) 7/21/03 <...> "In Afghanistan, some 5 million people are very likely to be affected by psychosocial distress. The most common conditions are depression, anxiety and psychosomatic problems, such as insomnia, or back and stomachaches," a WHO document says. But many aid workers here say that at least half of Afghanistan's 27 million people need urgent medical attention. A report by WHO's Project Atlas said that in 2001, there were only eight psychiatrists in Afghanistan, 18 psychiatric nurses and 20 psychologists. Particularly vulnerable are women and children, often bereft of support from family and communities destroyed by decades of fighting. Often, too, they do not have male family members, who traditionally might have provided some protection against destitution. The situation is worse for those still recovering from injuries from bombs and landmines. Add to that the sheer poverty that comes from a shattered post-war economy, and it is easy to see why life continues to be a struggle for survival long after the U.S. bombing stopped and one-and-a-half years after the fall of the Taliban. <...>

The attack on Afghanistan focused on Pashtuns, as the attack on Yugoslavia focused on Serbs. Consequently the percentage of Pashtun victims is disproportionately larger than of any other tribe in Afghanistan. The Pashtuns are the most ancient people of Afghanistan and perhaps the only one I know about that in spite of their long history never passed beyond the tribal stage. They were fiercely independent and, with the help of geography and their warrior culture, overcame all conquerors. They didn't evolve because they didn't need to. Now, with this epidemic of panic attacks, something they couldn't suspect existed, they passed directly from pristine tribal condition to decadent, tired society without even having an appropriate vocabulary to understand and describe what happened to them. They must feel that they are becoming somebody else, as if possessed by demons. With no precedent of this scope in human history, the remedy is unknown, and anyway nobody is in a hurry to help the Pashtuns who remain isolated after the megabombs crushed their mountains and everything on them.

The neighbouring tribes in Afghanistan will, of course, take advantage and attack the Pashtuns if they haven't already done so. We don't know how the Pashtuns will react; mentally neutered, they would rather implode than fight back. The Pashtuns for whom battle was the most normal expression of life, will perhaps commit collective suicide, or, crazed and depressed, will start to kill each other. In the future some scholars may try to analyze the irreversible Afghan drama ignited by the poisonous NWO.

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