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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
CBS News dispatch from Afghanistan - transcript
CBS News Sunday Morning (9:00 AM ET) - CBS March 23, 2003 Sunday Dispatch from Afghanistan; still much work to be done in Afghanistan; some fear Iraq will distract US CHARLES OSGOOD, host: The fact that so much of our attention is focused on the war in Iraq does not mean that other challenges elsewhere have gone away by any means. We have Dispatches now from Elizabeth Palmer on Afghanistan and then Barry Petersen in the shadow of North Korea. (Footage of world map) OSGOOD: (Voiceover) We begin with Elizabeth Palmer. (Footage of Afghan people; US military action in Afghanistan; people running from gunfire; children running alongside US troops; Afghan people) ELIZABETH PALMER reporting: (Voiceover) The cheerful Kabul bustle conceals an ugly truth. A year and a half after America launched Operation Enduring Freedom here to defeat the Taliban and crush al-Qaida, Afghanistan is neither free nor stable. In military terms, the campaign was largely a success, but on the political front, Operation Enduring Freedom has become Operation Enduring Headache and expense for the United States. President GEORGE W. BUSH: We're not into nation-building. We're--we're--we're focused on justice. (Footage of construction; Afghan schoolroom) PALMER: (Voiceover) Many in the Bush administration hoped that money alone could rebuild this country, and there's no doubt that the roughly $140 million a month the US now pours into Afghanistan is helping people reconstruct their lives. In one significant improvement, girls are back at school after six years of virtual house arrest under the Taliban. (Footage of Afghan people; warlords; peacekeepers) PALMER: (Voiceover) But the fact is that millions of Afghans lack basics like clean water, and recruits to the nation's fledgling police force and army are only being paid every three or four months. Even now, much of Afghanistan is lawless. Local warlords, like the Islamic fundamentalist Ismail Kahn, fight each other with their personal armies, and the international peacekeepers aren't allowed any further than the suburbs of Kabul. (Footage of US military personnel; Hamid Karzai) PALMER: (Voiceover) In spite of the 8,000 to 10,000 American soldiers still stationed on Afghan soil, drug trafficking, smuggling and attacks on US and Afghan security forces are rising again. Only American muscle and money reinforces President Hamid Karzai's tenuous grip on power, and now, as he himself told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington last month, America's war in Iraq threatens his country's fragile peace. President HAMID KARZAI (Afghanistan): If you reduce attention because of Iraq to Afghanistan, and if you leave the whole thing to us to fight again, it will be repeating the mistakes that the United States made during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Once the Soviets left, the Americans left, and the consequence of that was what you saw. PALMER: If the United States is going to honor its commitments to the Afghan and now the Iraqi people, it's going to have not only win this war, but then assume the burden and the bills of nation-building on two fronts. For SUNDAY MORNING, this is Elizabeth Palmer in Islamabad.
Posted By: mariam   March 30th 2003, 2003 4:14 AM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.