Tuesday, September 09, 2003

LION OF PANJSHIR
Ahmad Shah Massoud was Afghanistan's greatest. He fought in jihad, never abondoning his people, against the Soviets and the terrorists. "We fight for freedom. The last thing I want is to live in slavery. You can have everything: food, clothes, a place where to live, but all those things do not have any value, if you have no freedom, pride, independence," Massoud said. He has always been like that: proud and independent, he was devoted to his Fatherland and dreamed to see it free sometime. He was fighting against the Soviets in the Afghan war, and then against the Taliban. He is the combination of a warrior and a politician, his authority was acknowledged in the West, and no one can say what you could see in Afghanistan at present moment, if he was alive. Maybe he could unite Afghan tribes and establish law and order in the country. Maybe.

Two days before September 11th, they killed Massoud. Two al-Qaeda terrorists posing as journalists murdered him. I remember the day, I heard shouting coming from the basement... "The killed the Lion! They killed the Lion!" My brother kept yelling and yelling and repeating and repeating until I understood what he meant. They killed the Lion of Panjshir.

Osama, the coward that he was, knew that Massoud was so strong...they had to kill him first, before they butchered 3,000 innocent people in New York and Washington. Osama, martyred my hero, and I will celebrate his forthcoming execution like nothing else.

"O, Massoud! You fought for us! You were a great warrior. We will never forget you. Sleep now Lion, rest, relax."

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