Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan

By: Barbara

This article really struck me for a number of reasons. Today when we look at the images of Afghanistan we view a country in shambles and rubble. We are told the effects of war. We see imagines of women draped in the most oppressive of garments, the Taliban preferred blue burquas.


We see women being beaten by Religious police for showing their faces. We hear the stories of schools for girls being burned down and girls poisoned, faces burned with acid and raped for trying to get an education.






The effects of an Islamic Ideology, women are to be submissive, have no rights are beaten and killed.



But if we take a look back to when Afghanistan was a prosperous thriving country, we see images of women in universities.



Women walking freely on the streets. Women contributing to society. Women with equal human rights. This is what Islam and Muslim law HAS DONE TO Women – We must take a stand and not allow this to come to the US. We must not cower in fear to a Religious threat of death to stand up to these cowards who cover their faces and hide behind women and children and our Constitution in order to take away our rights and our freedoms. Islamization of America is against our constitution! Stand UP!



These photos of Afghanistan prior to the Taliban enforcement of religious law onto a society should be one of those ah ha moments. When you take the rights away from half of your population, women, you take away the future prosperity of all your country’s citizens. When your women are forced to live in “isolation chambers” and are denied an education you are denying your country of its most precious of resources, the ability to move forward.


Afghanistan moved backwards the moment they denied women the right to be productive members of society. As they say…Women hold up half the SKY.

Please take a look at the photos of Afghanistan before the Sky fell.




The author of “Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan”

Mohammad Qayoumi is president of California State University, East Bay. He grew up in Kabul and came to work in the United States in 1978. Since 2002 he has volunteered his time in reconstruction efforts, serving on the board of directors to the Central Bank and as senior advisor to the minister of finance.



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