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« on: September 20, 2008, 06:14:26 PM »

http://www.yale.edu/agrarianstudies/papers/19weapons.pdf
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008, 01:25:30 PM »

Dear Shinno,

Thank you for this insightful paper. Indeed we need to pay more attention to research papers if we are to understand what is going on in our part of the world.... so I thank you for this contribution.

The dynamic of the Ghilzai constantly using any excuse to userp power - be it Pashtunism - Islamism - Communism - anythingism has long been noted....

Infact I was reading a doctoral dissertation about Massoud - and in it it said part of the reason why Gulbudin was so anti any indigenous forces within Afghanistan was because he was a Ghilzai and that he hated the very idea of Afghanistan - and why he was so inline with the ISI line of thought for Afghanistan - many of the ISI also being Ghilzais....Similarly how the Taliban were primarily a Ghilzai movement and so on....


The actions of Ghilzais to me represent the very worst in all of the history of that land....they are the most virulent anti Persian - they were the ones whom readily recieved the money of the British upon their invasion in order to not attack them - and when the British were defeated in Kabul in the first war - and were in full retreat - with their families - the Ghilzais simply looted them and killed the defeated mostly unarmed army - whilst calling it a Jihad - this all happened whilst the British had a full camp at Jalalabad!

Today they are the main followers of the Afghan Mellat line of thought - generally speaking....

Ghilzais to my mind have a big chip on their shoulders - an inferiority complex that drives to do such destructive things.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008, 05:37:09 PM »

This is a very good paper not only in undrestanding the relationship between various sub groups of pashtuns but also this model can be applied to almost any other ethnic group as well. Today in afghanistan many groups feel alienated and betrayed. Ghilzai tribe although bigger in numbers than Durranis feel left out of power sharing after the fall of the taliban and if the situation is not addressed then the resentment towards the central government will grow bigger and bigger and god forbid one day another of these extremist groups might come into existance.
Similarly all the ethnic groups must be represented fairly in government. There has been a long history of our hazara brothers being under represented in power sharing in Afghanistan and no wonder people will feel alienated and dis intrested in the state of the country if it does not represent their view point and they will look to their own local communities for help instead of weak and resentful government.
If all the ethnic groups in afghanistan are not given their rightful place in the power sharing, there is going to be no peace. Idiots like leaders of the Durrani community should realize this and know that they can not continue like this for long with their heredetary monarchy in the shape of so called democracy.
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