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To the memories of those who have lost their lives to terror

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By Dr. Matin Royeen

The Beautiful Afghanistan; Why

The Afghan Land has trembled so much for so long

Full of blood and carnage in each side, why

This ancient land, full of history and resilience

That withstood any invader with heart and soul

I remember the simple life, full of peace and beauty

Fifty years ago, it was poor but, full of nobility

Then, the dark clouds of storm of terror

Began to shatter the dream of every child into a nightmare

But, why

The noble people of Afghanistan have been paying a heavy price

For their own freedom and the freedom of the other world

They fought with bare hands, without shoes and with empty stomachs

With full power of their conviction In order to uphold the honor of their elders

Their love of the country and the prize for freedom

Became a testing ground for super powers more than random

They resisted enslavement and fought to shatter the cage

Evident, in brilliant stories of resistance and resilience in every page

But, why now

Fifty nations went inside with their own goals

Only to find out the impossible with heavy tolls

Billions were poured in bottomless holes

That nobody could now find those real jewels

The Afghan nation was allegedly transformed

Into a new beginning with no end in sight

The ravages of terror, destruction and war

Have spread seeds of discord and disunity among all

But why now

You the brave Afghan sons and daughters have endured immeasurably

In your short lives, so much pain and anguish beyond your years

Your mothers, fathers and neighbors have been grieving with heavy punch

In their hearts, with wounded souls for so long and too much

The scenes of terror and savagery have become a daily norm

That your voiceless loved ones have run of tears to properly mourn

Such atrocities committed by those heartless souls

With no humanlike quality, but malicious moles

But why now

Despite all resources poured in to the land of your forefathers

Your beloved nation has lost its own feet to stand on a firm ground

So dependent on the political whims of others beyond the borders

While nations seek their own interests in your backyard full of danger

You the real youths of nation, do not remain aloof and total stranger

To the plight of your brothers and sisters, and the mixed deeds of your leaders

Do not allow the enemy to further sow the seeds of discord and disunity

Stand tall and strengthen the brotherly cords of love across all ethnicity

But why now

This is a critical moment and the right time to console

Your own differences and the evil spirits into one positive whole

Hold each other’s hand and regain your historic ancestral pride

Love of God, human forgiveness and national interest be your guide

You judge your leaders along the lines of the promises by actual deeds

Hold them accountable and help them deliver the societal needs

Do not forget, your leaders are human too without any magical beads

They make mistakes, but should not stay indifference to your pains

But why now

This is the trying moment to confront the absolute truth

That we all live in a political world without principled tooth

The business of politics sold and bought on global markets

That operates like a stock for the sake of deep pockets

Take action, stand together and seek justice

Against those who have inflicted any malice

Your unity of purpose, unity of passion and unity of action

Is the only remedy in your beautiful troubled nation

But why, now

It is time to show your national solidarity and send a message to the world

That they need to take a different measureable principled action against this malice

The global community must acknowledge its mistakes of the past

That used interests over principles in policies, some unjust

We must remind ourselves that violence breads more violence

And an eye for an eye, will soon create a blind society without conscience

This unconventional reign of terror must be stopped at any cost

Through the concerted efforts of the global community at large

But why not now

To stop the carnage of 9/11 that has become daily life

To the point of no return in this evolving strife

The Afghans fought your battles with sacrifice and honor

Do not ever let history forget their valor

This is the defining moment for the globe

To take a collective action towards a peaceful hope

But, most important, you the afghan sons and daughters

Must defeat the demons within and devils without in this holy war.

The writer is living in Chicago, USA, and could be reached at: Email:  amroyeen@gmail.com