Monday, October 3, 2011

War on Terror
03 Oct 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
The Murder of Burhanuddin Rabbani

By S Iftikhar Murshed

Rabbani was a disarmingly soft-spoken man who, it almost seemed, was inspired by the Quranic injunction: “... be modest in thy bearing, and lower thy voice: for, behold, the ugliest of all voices is the voice of asses.” Yet, behind this self-effacing facade was a ruthlessly ambitious person who is blamed by his detractors for the anarchy that prevailed in post-Najib Afghanistan and triggered the emergence of the Taliban. Three overwhelmingly strong impulses motivated Rabbani throughout his eventful life: a commitment to the cause of Afghanistan’s Tajik community, a passion for restructuring Afghan society in accordance with his own interpretation of Islam, and an insatiable urge for power. He believed that power would enable him to achieve the first two objectives. He also believed that peace could not return to the country so long as foreign forces remained and he was against the grant of permanent military bases to the US. For this reason the point-man for Afghanistan at the Iranian foreign office, Mohsen Pak-Ayeen, made the preposterous statement that the Americans and NATO were responsible for the killing of Rabbani. -- S Iftikhar Murshed

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