Monday, June 27, 2011

T a l i b a n ─ A f g h a n i s t a n


Based on Taliban flag (Flag of Afghanistan 1997-2001) at FOTW (instead of direct copy of text from Saudi Arabian flag).

"According to information supplied by Abu Mujahid of the Taliban about the national flag, the ratio is 1:2 and the Arabic writing on it is black not green. This source said that the one in black is the official flag, and that it was introduced two days before the date in Smith 1997k [Whitney Smith, New flags: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, The Flag Bulletin XXXVI-5 = 177, 1997], i.e. on October 25th 1997. It was shown at the Taliban's New York Office website." (Jaume Ollé, October 1997 - April 1998)

On the question whether the Taliban flew a white flag with the shahada inscribed in green (as claimed by Smith 1997):

Source: "This flag [i.e. the one with green writing] was used to illustrate November 2001 articles on Afghanistan in the news magazine Der Spiegel. I wrote an e-mail to them pointing to the error; as an answer they told me, that (my translation) 'from our documentation we can tell, that both versions (with green or black inscription) have been used. However, it is true, that the black inscription seems to be used more frequently now'." (Marcus Schmöger, 18 November 2001)

Active:
Sept. 1994 – Sept. 1996 (militia)
Sept. 1996 – Dec. 2001 (government)
2004 – present (insurgency)

Ideology Islamism







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Ahmad Shah Massoud (leader of the anti-Taliban resistance and National Hero of Afghanistan) and Haji Abdul Qadir (Vice President of Afghanistan from Oct. 2001 until his assassination) shake hands in mid-2001.

Source: Screenshot from a documentary film about the anti-Taliban resistance made by the Afghan Ariana Films. In 2002, Ariana Films transferred the rights over the work to a media archive also archiving works of Afghanistan and Cambodia, the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (Ina).

An excerpt of the documentary/source can be found here.

1996 Afghan


Ahmad Shah Massoud (احمد شاه مسعود) a Kabul University engineering student turned military leader who played a leading role in driving the Soviet army out of Afghanistan in the 1980s, earning him the nickname Lion of Panjshir, leader of the anti-Taliban resistance in the 1990s and National Hero of Afghanistan.

Source: Screenshot from a documentary film about Mr. Massoud and the anti-Taliban resistance made by the Afghan Ariana Films in the year 2000. In 2002, Ariana Films transferred the rights over the work to a media archive also archiving works of Afghanistan and Cambodia, the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (Ina). An excerpt of the documentary/source can be found at ina.fr.

An excerpt of the documentary/source can be found at ina.fr.


Description : Taliban bounty flyer; Date : 2006-9-19.

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Description: 081131-F-7734Q-001

Air Force officials are seeking volunteers for future training classes to produce operators of the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt); Date: 16 December 2008(2008-12-16).

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Description Afghan
Richard Kemp
Date : 2003(2003)
Source: Own Work



Description Taliban beating woman in public. This photo is caught from a video film that has been filmed by RAWA in Kabul using a hidden camera. It shows two Taliban from department of Amro bil mahroof (Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Taliban religious police) beating a woman in public because she has dared to remove her burqa in public. Date: 26 August 2001 (2001-08-26).

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Description: Image of explosive destruction of Bamyan buddhas by the Taliban, March 21, 2001.

Dynamiting and destruction, March 2001

Taliban blow apart 2,000 years of Buddhist history

History Budha

Find Your Own Detail

In pictures: Buddhas of Bamiyan, BBC 9 March 2011



Description Taliban execute Zarmeena in Kabul in 1999. The November 1999 public execution of Zarmeena, a convicted Afghan woman for murdering her husband in cold blood with an ax while he was asleep. The execution was carried out by the Taliban inside the Ghazi stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan. It has been filmed with a hidden camera by members of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) and was aired by almost all major TV channels around the world. The photo is taken from the video film so higher resolution does not exist. Date: 16 November 1999 (1999-11-16).

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Description Taliban-herat-2001 retouched
Taliban in Herat.
Date: 15 July 2001(2001-07-15)
Source: Own work


Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan after they surrendered to the Afghan National Police. Dozens of Taliban renounce violence in Jawzjan.

SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Dozens of Taliban insurgents joined the peace process in northern Jawzjan province on Thursday, an official said. A 35-member rebel group shunned the militancy in the Qush Tepa district and announced support for the government, the deputy governor said.

The group turned in 20 heavy and light weapons to local authorities, Deputy Governor Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Pajhwok Afghan News. With the surrender of the fighters, he hoped, the security situation in the district would improve. Other militants, in contact with the governor, would return to the national mainstream in the near future, he suggested.

Commander Ahmad Zia, the group leader, said, "I remained with the Taliban for a year to save my life." He promised to help provide security for reconstruction projects in the town.

Date: 21 April 2011
Afghan News - Dozens of Taliban renounce violence in Jawzjan
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Description: ANA soldier shows opium captured in an alleged Taliban safe house in Helmand.

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (May 8, 2009) - An Afghan National Police officer picks up a bag of opium. Afghan National Police officers, along with U.S. Special Operations Soldiers, discovered 600 pounds of opium May 7, 2009, during a cordon and search operation of a known Taliban safe house, collection center and trauma center in Babaji Village, in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Photo by Cpl. Sean K. Harp, U.S. Air Force. Date: 8 May 2009(2009-05-08).

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*****


Consider the difference in our actions and God's actions. We often ask, "Why did you do that?" or "Why did I act like that?" We do act, and yet everything we do is God's creative action. We look back and analyze the events of our lives, but there is another way of seeing, a backward-and-forward-at-once vision, that is not rationally understandable.

Only God can understand it. Satan made the excuse, you caused me to fall, whereas Adam said to God, We did this to ourselves. After this repentance, God asked Adam, "Since all is within my foreknowledge, why didn't you defend yourself with that reason?"

Adam answered, "I was afraid, and I wanted to be reverent."

Whoever acts with respect will get respect. Whoever brings sweetness will be served almond cake. Good women are drawn to be with good men.

Honor your friend. Or treat him rudely, and see what happen!

Love, tell an incident now that will clarify this mystery of how we act freely, and are yet compelled. One hand shakes with palsy. Another shakes because you slapped it away. Both tremblings come from God, but you feel guilty for the one, and what about the other?

These are intellectual questions. The spirit approaches the matter differently. Omar once had a friend, a scientist, Bu'l-Hakam, who was flawless at solving empirical problems, but he could not follow Omar into the area of illumination and wonder.

Now I return to the text, "And He is with you, wherever you are, "But when have I ever left it!"

Ignorance is God's prison. Knowing is God's palace.

We sleep in God's unconsciousness. We wake in God's open hand.

We weep God's rain. We laugh God's lightning.

Fighting and peacefulness both take place within God.

Who are we then in this complicated world-tangle, that is really just the single, straight line down at the beginning of Allah?

Nothing.

We are emptiness.
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Emptiness - J a l a l u d d i n  R u m i
(Dari Poet)
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(C-LA - 626/11/T/T/w)


Adriaan Zef, Fairuz Azalia, Almira Izzati and 3 others like this.

Pranay Suresh : Woman's hand was always neat and perfect! You create your account page as a weblog. Excelente!

Jan Pepijn Servaas : Actually, since last year, America has turned the muzzle of their missiles from Afghanistan into Pakistan. In fact, the relationship of the Taliban and America / NATO is something that still matters could be addressed/negotiated peacefully. Now they look like a pair of lovebirds who are playacting and reveal to the world as if they are in hostilities.

Valentino Vie : I'm gald to monitor Karzai, Asif Ali Zardari and Ahmadinejad, ... the three of them! ouh baby ... how do you think, do they look more like Huey, Dewey, and Louie on your favorite movie, or the Three Musketeers, perhaps? ==

□■ http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/25/afghanist​ an-iran-pakistan-to-jointl​y-combat-terrorism.html

□■ http://www.jihadwatch.org/​ 2011/06/pull-my-other-leg-​afghanistan-iran-pakistan-​ to-jointly-combat-terroris​m.html

□■ http://www.irna.ir/ENArchi​ ve.aspx?Section=NMNews&Pag​e=4

Almira Izzati : Leader: Terrorism, global powers' tool :: http://www.presstv.ir/deta​ il/186134.html

Almira Izzati : Jan Pepijn Servaas: Jaann.... kijk hier! http://www.dailymail.co.uk​ /news/article-2009228/Kabu​l-Intercontinental-hotel-a​ ttack-Nato-helicopter-kill​s-suicide-bombers.html

Jan Pepijn Servaas : @Valentino Vie: It's a blow to America, because Washington is increasing its competition with Tehran, especially after the popular uprising in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. (I just redirect to that article from IRNA:

http://www.irna.ir/ENNewsS​ how.aspx?NID=30449344)

http://online.wsj.com/arti​ cle/SB10001424052702303627​104576409983223152852.html.

Iran seems to aim to play a more important role in the region.




Cisca Zarmansyah
By blood, we are immersed in love of you. The youth lose their heads for your sake. I come to you and my heart finds rest. Away from you, grief clings to my heart like a snake. I forget the throne of Delhi when I remember the mountain tops of my Afghan land. If I must choose between the world and you, I shall not hesitate to claim your barren deserts as my own. (Love of a Nation ─ Ahmad Shah Durrani)



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Pranay Suresh : Actually Afghanistan since the beginning was in the path of a free and democratic constitutional, if there was not a crime of the communist party. The situation and conditions in Afghanistan will be totally different from now, which has been filled with turmoil of terrorism, war, misery of underdevelopment and poverty. The coup by the communists and the Soviet Union's intervention has destroyed Afghanistan's political and social stability. The process of modernization that has been going well finally interrupted in the middle of the passage of time.

Pranay Suresh : Just add to your reading that has piled up!

http://library.iit.edu/gov​ docs/afghanistan/
http://www.lycos.com/info/​ afghanistan--soviet-union.​html?page=2
http://www.afghan-web.com/​ history/articles/hypocrisi​es.html

Valentino Vie : For the U.S. under Reagan, this was a crusade with two main goals: combining all the forces in Muslim world to jihad against the Soviets, and converted the difference theological/ ideological in between the two Islamic groups - Shia minority and the Sunni majority - be differences in political bloc, so that the Iranian Revolution export could be stopped, because it was the export of Shia doctrine.

Valentino Vie : I call it as an unholy alliance, that's the great satan and the mujahideen in Afghan war.

Valentino Vie : We'll see again how certain countries (Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and particularly the United States), because the opportunistic interests of each, providing their support (direct or indirect) for the formation of what might be called "An international network of Afghan Mujahideen." The context is political turmoil in Afghanistan, following the coup of King Zahir Khan (http://www.afghanistan-cul​ture.com/king-zahir-khan.h​tml), internal conflicts among the communists and eventually the Soviet invasion to Afghanistan.

□■ http://topics.nytimes.com/​ top/reference/timestopics/​people/z/mohammed_zahir_sh​ ah/index.html

□■ http://www.independent.co.​ uk/opinion/commentators/fi​sk/robert-fisk-on-zahir-sh​ ah-the-last-king-of-afghan​istan-458533.html

□■ http://www.guardian.co.uk/​ world/2001/sep/23/terroris​m.afghanistan1




Cisca Zarmansyah
Sometimes I forget completely what companionship is. Unconscious and insane, I spill sad energy everywhere. My story gets told in various ways: a romance, a dirty joke, a war, a vacancy. Divide up my forgetfulness to any number, it will go around. These dark suggestions that I follow, are they a part of some plan? Friends, be careful. Don't come near me out of curiosity, or sympathy. Jalaluddin Rumi



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Pranay Suresh: The future of the standard infantry rifle used by American forces have been re-examined because of worries that they've used the wrong weapon for operations in Afghanistan. By tracer bullet M4 rifle currently used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the speed and strength to kill in combat distance was inadequate, causing the weapon U.S. forces must be defeated by the Taliban who used the Kalashnikov AK47 rifle and SVD sniper rifle from Russian.

Jan Pepijn Servaas : @ Pranay Suresh, in Afghanistan war 1839-1842 British was also found that their Brown Bess rifles could not reach the firing range. Russia also had problems when they occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s. Their AK47 failed to compete with the Lee-Enfield and Mauser used by the Mujahideen. ... They found that the Brown Bess rifles could not reach the firing range. Russia also had problems when they occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s. AK47 they fail to compete with the Lee-Enfield and Mauser used by the Mujahideen.

Meanwhile, Americans learned of cases in Vietnam. Their initial standard rifle was M14, which capable of firing 7.62mm bullets, but it was considered too heavy in jungle warfare and was replaced by a combat rifle that was lighter, - M4 hitherto used.

Valentino Vie : Americans want to invite Taliban for peace is something never happens in America's relations with Iran, whereas the "look out" is more fierce the battle between the Taliban with the U.S. than the U.S. with Iran. American war with Iran for a while until recently is still a psychological warfare, even though Iran has often invited America to negotiate it, you know. Well, it seems the Americans do have a lot of "hard to get" with Iran. But surprisingly, why the Americans actually want to soften with the Taliban? heheh, let's wait and see for the Taliban whether they will show the impression of "expensive sale" or not

Valentino Vie : The British writer, Jason Elliot (http://www.jasonelliot.com​ /Home.html) who traveled in Afghanistan since 1979 and wrote the "Min(d)ing Afghanistan in 2001", mentioned that the TC-6 anti-tank mines were the most commonly used in Afghanistan. He said that millions of mines were still buried in the soil since the Soviet occupation. == http://www.salon.com/books​ /int/2001/09/19/elliot




Cisca Zarmansyah
Lashkar Gah: Inside the new Afghanistan – Afghanistan Crossroads - CNN.com Blogs ►:: http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.c​ om/2011/06/27/lashkar-gah-insi​de-the-new-afghanistan/



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Fairuz Azalia : ISAF: Haqqani network leader (Ismail Jan) suspected in Kabul hotel attack killed By the CNN Wire Staff June 30, 2011 --- http://edition.cnn.com/201​ 1/WORLD/asiapcf/06/30/afgh​anistan.kabul.attack/

Fairuz Azalia : June 21, 2011
The United States has about 200,000 military personnel in Afghanistan, half of them troops, half of them contractors.

President Barack Obama put over two-thirds of that number there, first with a big escalation in 2009 that everyone refuses to pay the slightest attention to, then with a second escalation in 2010.

Obama made promises (http://www.guardian.co.uk/​ commentisfree/cifamerica/2​011/may/12/afghanistan-us-​military) he is now breaking.

"After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home … [O]ur troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open-ended – because the nation that I'm most interested in building is our own." – President Barack Obama, 1 December 2009 : http://www.whitehouse.gov/​ the-press-office/remarks-p​resident-address-nation-wa​ y-forward-afghanistan-and-​pakistan

"I'm confident that the withdrawal will be significant. People will say this is a real process of transition; this is not just a token gesture." – President Barack Obama, 15 April 2011: http://politics.blogs.foxn​ ews.com/2011/04/15/obama-a​cknowledges-stalemate-liby​ a-significant-number-troop​s-out-afghanistan-july#ixz​ z1LxxurE7e

"In July of 2011, you're going to see a whole lot of people moving out, bet on it." – Vice President Joe Biden, quoted in Jonathan Alter's The Promise. :: http://www.politico.com/ne​ ws/stories/0610/38779.html

The military publicly instructed Obama to break this commitment in May of this year through the Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/arti​ cle/SB10001424052748704681​904576313634229822902.html). The commander in chief was instructed to withdraw 5,000 people in July and another 5,000 over the following five months. These would be out of the total of 200,000, meaning a withdrawal in July of 2.5 percent of the total forces, followed by a withdrawal in August of 0.5 percent, in September 0.5 percent, and so on.

The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/201​ 1/06/06/world/asia/06gates​.html?_r=1) in early June did its bit for the cause of mass-murder by spinning 5,000 as a BIG number. In fact the New York Times claimed the number just might be as high as 3,000 or even 5,000.

Just as Obama has obeyed the military on escalations and withdrawals, and obeyed the CIA on refusals to prosecute torture, Obama appears to be doing exactly what he is told once again.

According to Tuesday's Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/new​ s/nationworld/world/la-fg-​afghan-withdrawal-20110621​ ,0,6964197.story), Obama will announce on Wednesday a plan to withdraw 10,000 personnel by the end of this year. There isn't even any mention of how many of those will come home in July. So, assuming a steady glacial progress over six months, we're looking at 0.83 percent withdrawn in July, 0.83 percent withdrawn in August, and so on.

This, the Los Angeles Times assures us, is more than the 3,000 to 4,000 that supposedly the Pentagon wanted to withdraw over the entire next six months. In fact:

"Taking out 10,000 troops over the next six months could create problems for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, especially if other countries, which now contribute about 40,000 troops, pull out more personnel than expected, several officials said."

Problems? For the US mission in Afghanistan? You're kidding! Wouldn't THAT be a novelty.

Oh, I know! Let's blame the problems on the withdrawal of 0.83% of the forces, as imposed on Washington by the stupid leftwing liberal extremists.

Or, if that doesn't work, and somebody points out that two-thirds of our country has wanted this war ENDED for a long time now, we could blame something even better. We could blame democracy.

Of course, we won't be able to use that word. Let's ask the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times to get to work on this right away!
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Copy source from : http://www.democrats.com/a​ fghanistan-withdrawal-obam​a-lied


Cisca Zarmansyah : There is no clear distinction between Taliban and government officials. Sometimes you will find among them are the elements that work as a police officer, or as a judge who listens to a variety of grievances, but then when entering the night, they will turn to join fight against the Americans and NATO.

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The perpetrators of stoning to death against a couple in northern Afghanistan are reported to be brought to justice. This policy was taken by local authorities after footage of killing by stoning surfaced in public. Siddqa (26) & Khayyam were accused of adultery in Dashte Archi region in Kunduz province in August 2010. Hundreds of people were attending the stoning, but none was accused because the area was still controlled by the Taliban.

"Everyone who knows about Islam, of course understand if stoning has been stipulated in Quran, and it's Islamic law. Some people call it inhumane, but it's actually insulting the prophet. They want to bring Western ideas to this country!" ~ ZABIULLAH MUJAHID/Taliban spokesman in a telephone interview defended the sentence.

Reading For Today:

http://english.aljazeera.n​et/news/middleeast/2010/08​/2010816171115397111.html
http://www.liveleak.com/vi​ew?i=447_1292780555&c=1
http://beta.globalquran.co​m/


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CieL- FreYa Ceastle : What is the greatest sin in this world?

Fairuz Azalia : C, the law of stoning adulterers to death for men and women who have or never married (muhshan) is hudud law, it's controversial among clerics. There are differences of opinion about its basic law, both punishment determination and implementation methods. In Koran, no verse that commands a must in stoning of people who have committed adultery. You can check it further in QS 4:15 and QS 24:2.

Adriaan Zef : It's a brutal act of humanity from a criminals group who call themselves as warriors of truth according to Islam!

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you, Fai. There are things I want to ask you more about adultery. To the couple is not married but have been the act of intercourse, can they be said to have committed adultery?

Adriaan Zef : .... I love you, honey.

Fairuz Azalia : ... Indeed, C. In Islam, the adulterers can be divided into two types : Muhshan and Ghayru muhshan. Muhshan are adulterers who already have a legal spouse (married). While the Ghayru Muhshan are adulterers who have never married and has no legal spouse. Under Islamic law, adultery is one of major sins. In Islam, a sexual intercourse by a man / woman who has been married to men / women who are not legal husband / wife is named adultery. In Qur'an, it's said all Muslims believe that adultery is a big sin and forbidden by Allah. In Islamic law, it will be subject to punishment. If it's classified muhshan adultery, mukallaf (already baligh and resourceful), voluntary (not forced, not raped), then they would be flogged 100 times, then stoned to death, according to Ali bin Abi Talib's deeds. Or they're just stoned, scourged, and this is better, as done by Muhammad, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq and Umar bin Khatthab. If the adulterers are not married, then they would be scourged (whipped) 100 times, or exiled for a year.

Lakshmi Lavanya : C, About adultery in Quran is also mentioned in: Al-Israa '17:32, al A'raaf 7:33, 24:26 An Nuur.

Almira Izzati : ... gotcha!

Cisca Zarmansyah : What about the adultery law between same-sex couples?

Lakshmi Lavanya : I don't agree how they finish the rights of other people's lives in that way. I feel ashamed if they are in the name of Islam perform all the cruel acts. Is that what is called jihad?

Fairuz Azalia : From verses of QS 24:2 and QS 4: 15, obviously, it doesn't use the word of stoning. There are only "one hundred stripes" words and confines at home until her death coming, or there are other ways. In addition, a special surah Al-Nur 15 with the word "fahisyah", there are two interpretations : ordinary adultery (heterosexual) & extraordinary adultery (between same sex couples),... means, not necessarily that it's an ordinary adultery, and it's not a stoning sentence.

Besides, a larger requirement in the testimony, there are four eyewitnesses to see directly in a transparent, (sorry),... just like someone put the sword into its sheath. Could this happen to normal people? it's almost impossible to watch.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Yeah, this is quite different. You know that, one of my favourite story book is "The Scarlet Letter" (by Nathaniel Hawthorne), it's a classic cultural and religious novel of a strong Christian in a British colonists country. In Christian religion (as well as other religions such as Islam), adultery is categorized into major sin. If this is done, then the penalty will be imposed is a very heavy punishment, like the death penalty.

But in The Scarlet Letter, because adultery is kept secret by her (Hello, Hester! then it happens to be different. From the "closure" in keeping it secret, she slowly increases herself status. She mobilizes herself from the Adulterer (A = adultery), then to be Able to (A = Able), and finally to the Angel / holy woman (A = Angel).

I know that stale food remains stale even if we wrap it with gold foil, but yah... what's the difference? Sure, there is. Only one word to the destiny of death, and I think it could be done not in ways which offend many people, cause a lot of hatred and fear.

Valentino Vie : Baby, that's the story of our favourite regrets. Taliban, don't disgrace Islam! Suck it up mega weapon, you can't stop true love!...

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CZ

"Thank you for your perception! I like your romantic side, even if I do not always comment and I'm glad that you're in my circle of friends."
(Courtesies by: Wolfgang A. Gerhardt)

Wolfgang A.Gerhardt : May be you like this Sunday collage

Cisca Zarmansyah : Before today, there never was a person doing this to me. You create a simple matter to look special. This is a special thing for me.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you. I love it. I love you, my friend.

CieL- FreYa Ceastle : Hmm, he's so nice...















"I am me.
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me
and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know
-- but as long as I am friendly
and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions
to the puzzles and ways
to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked,
sounded,
thought,
and felt
turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
I can see,
hear,
feel,
think,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense
and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am okay."

VIRGINIA SATIR
(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)