What would you like to ask Afghans?

chessplayersAnalysts and experts are hugely important to how we tell the news and how we help to explain our world. And there will be some of them on today’s show and they’ll be very welcome. But sometimes I know that you just want to speak to the people directly involved in a story. We’re going to have a number of Afghans with us on today’s show. If you have any question that you’d like to ask them directly about what’s happening in their country, them post them here, and I’ll make sure I get you some answers.

22 Responses to “What would you like to ask Afghans?”

  1. 1 Ibrahim in UK
    October 20, 2009 at 14:26

    What do you want your country to be like in 10 years and how will you accomplish it.

  2. October 20, 2009 at 15:39

    Do you want to be an Afgani or an American?

  3. 3 T
    October 20, 2009 at 15:48

    How do you feel when many Afghans say they want the troops out? And nobody listens to you?

  4. 4 nora
    October 20, 2009 at 15:58

    What is your daily life like? Is it better or worse with our soldiers there? What are the most important steps towards the life you want? How is Obama’s Peace Prize viewed by your neighbors?

  5. 5 Kevin PE
    October 20, 2009 at 16:19

    If you were free of intimidation from any quarter, be it domestic or foreign, what style of government would you like to have in your country.

  6. October 20, 2009 at 16:36

    What do you want from us other than money? In return we want a safe and free (including women of course) Afghanistan from you guys…

  7. October 20, 2009 at 16:51

    Is Afghan society a gradual spectrum spanning from Al-Queda+Taliban types on one end to Parliament (or something else) on the other end – or is there a very distinct separation between Al-Queda+Taliban types and everyone else?

  8. 8 David Collins
    October 20, 2009 at 16:57

    Can any of your guests sing the Afghani National Anthem in the native language as approved by their consitiution?

  9. October 20, 2009 at 17:34

    Sec. of State Clinton and Pres. Obama must have really smooth talked Karzai into agreeing to have a second election, and to prove that Afghans really do have a say.

    Taliban and Al quida have proven they are not the solve all for a good national future.

    America needs to have a strong united Afghanistan that is a decent place to live for its citizens, and above all stable and free of wacko movements to attack the United States.

    We could leave, then periodically come back and bomb the day lights out of Taliban and strange and dangerous movements like Al quida. or we could try to spend a lot more treasure to try and establish a working and secure society that can keep extremest groups like Al quida out of there.

    troop on the Oregon Coast

  10. 10 Anthony
    October 20, 2009 at 17:43

    What would you do if you were us? If you were in charge, would you let terrorists thrive in a country that breeds more terrorism?

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  11. 11 viola
    October 20, 2009 at 17:50

    Do you think there is any way to conduct elections in Afghanistan that will satisfy everyone?

    That is a question I would love to ask voters, non-voters, journalists both foreign and domestic, diplomats, human rights organizations, the U.N., and foreign nations that are involved in Afghanistan and foreign nations that are not involved.

    A simple yes or no would be sufficient. An expanded, articulate answer as to why if the answer is no would be fantastic.

  12. 12 Carole in OR
    October 20, 2009 at 18:34

    Democracy’s strength comes from a unified mentality, where the greater good has more import than the individual. The overwhelming corruption indicates that that unity is not in Afganistan. How can that be changed?

  13. 13 Tom D Ford
    October 20, 2009 at 18:36

    Instead of imposing western style democracy from without, do you think that it is possible to evolve the tradition of Loya Jurga (SP?) from within to govern the entire country?

    Can something like the US Democratic Republic idea, of individual States, United within a Federal government be evolved with the Loya Jurga?

  14. 14 Tom D Ford
    October 20, 2009 at 18:47

    I wonder if an Afghan national military draft could be used to unite and clean out the corruption.

    Draft people from every province and tribe, bring them together and mix them up with each other and train them together and then send them back out to each province and keep rotating them around the country so that they don’t have time to be corrupted by the locals. Protect the people with a national and diversified military style police force.

    People hate being drafted so they would complain and expose any corruption in their ranks and so a draftee army would be self policing.

    I suggest that each province have units of National Guard just like each State in the US does, that could be called out in any local emergency.

    That could bring stability and root out corruption.

  15. 15 Tom D Ford
    October 20, 2009 at 18:55

    I think even drafting women into a national army would be effective in empowering the women and making the Taliban back off on their abuse of women.

    Women with guns and police powers! Yeah, that is a very good idea, draft the women too.

  16. 16 Josiah Soap
    October 20, 2009 at 19:41

    You culture has survived for 1000s of years, do you really think your country will be a better place with western-style democracy? Do you feel that the UN and other western nations are trying to force a system on your country that might not necessarily work that well or be in your best interests?

  17. 17 Marty A in TX
    October 20, 2009 at 21:51

    Are there any tribes left in the Northern Alliance and elsewhere who could take up the fight against the Taliban, with American money and weapons, if the American troops were to leave? Couldn’t General Rashid Dostum, who narrowly escaped assasination recently, be re-commisssioned?

  18. 18 Tan Boon Tee
    October 21, 2009 at 04:05

    Do you Afghans sincerely believe that the coalition forces, together with a fraudulent leader and incompetent government, will bring peace to the nation?

    If not, would you want the fragmented tribal-based nation to be united under the militants?

    What about a new leader and new governance?

    Voice your feeling in the coming run-off. Your country is in your own hands. Only you can make the change.

  19. 19 scmehta
    October 21, 2009 at 06:46

    Since the times immemorial, the Afghans have always had pride in their tenacity, honesty, integrity and fair-play. Hope, they will not allow any corrupt systems to tarnish their legacies; Are they united enough to save the good reputation and their beautiful country?

  20. 20 Maxine
    October 21, 2009 at 08:14

    Can Afghan society overcome their attitude to women and educate them? We have had had three women receive a Nobel prize in Science this year: Australian born Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, molecular biologist, for research into treatment for Cancer. Ada E Yonath, a Chemistry Nobel, Carol W. Greider, Medicine. We have women Pilots, Doctors, etc. Could your male society accept that? What about corruption – particularly bad in some parts of your country with enormous Palaces being built on the theft of money given to aid your country for schools, homes, hospitals for the poor. Can you ever give up fighting? Can you ever live peaceful lives? These are tough questions,- too hard maybe.

  21. October 21, 2009 at 09:37

    I have heard only 15% of Afghan homes have electricity day and night. Is this true? If true, then isn’t every community without electricity going to be dependent on the local strongman’s will?

  22. 22 Dennis Junior
    October 23, 2009 at 12:25

    Is the Education in Afghanistan needs more improvement; Who would
    you ask to assist in the mission….

    =Dennis Junior=

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