To the Honorable Secretary General Antonio Guterres
New York, New York 10017
RE: The United States Bombing of Pashtun/Afghans with the Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever is a War Crime. The United States is not Allowing Anyone on the Bomb Site There is No Information about the Casualties and Other Damage
Dear Secretary- General Guterres:
The United States unlawfully dropped the largest ever non-nuclear bomb (the “MOAB”) onto my ancestral homeland, the Mohmand Valley, in the Achin District of Nangarhar Province, shamefully killing innocent Afghan civilians and wiping them off the map. This bombing is a war crime, which the United Nations must investigate and prosecute the perpetrators. It is time the United Nations take action. There is no information about casualties and other damages caused by this barbaric bombing. The United States is not allowing anyone on the site. By the time the United States does its clearance operations there will no evidence left of the war crime. The United Nations needs to immediately send teams to the bomb site and surrounding area and gather information and evidence.
Your organization has done nothing these past sixteen years for the Pashtun/Afghan villagers. The Pashtun tribe is the largest tribe in the world. A Pashtun/Afghan’s life matters as much as the life of a Rwandan, Bosnian, or member of another native tribe or a Jewish person’s life. Pashtun /Afghans deserve justice just like the Jewish people had after WWII and more recently the Rwandans and the Bosnians.
Presently, Afghans, including the U.S. selected and controlled Afghan administration, are not allowed in the bombed area to collect evidence. The United States is stopping the world’s access to the site of these war crimes. The United States, its thugs and puppets are still bombing this area. The United Nations needs to conduct an investigation of this bombed site as soon as possible.
For the past sixteen years, the United States through its selected Afghan administration of warlords, thugs/criminals, like Rashid Dostum and Afghan communists, primarily of minority ethnic groups from the Northern Alliance, have been systematically targeting the native Pashtun villagers, who are the majority, and have been committing a campaign of ethnic cleansing. They are doing the United States’ dirty work. These Pashtun/Afghan villages are located in the areas where there are the vast untapped deposits of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and the heroin trafficking, which is extremely lucrative to these Northern Alliance criminals and the United States. These native Afghan villagers are seen as a roadblock to the stealing and total control of these REEs and the drug trafficking by the greedy war profiteers, which include not only criminal Afghan war profiteers but some U.S. military and government officials, such as the CIA, which everyone knows since the 1980s has funded a portion of its paramilitary and mercenary operations with money from drug trafficking. The Pashtun/Afghan villagers know that the CIA is involved in this drug trafficking in the area. The United States also has a new supply chain to stockpile its much-needed REEs, which are vital to its defense systems. It no longer has to look to China for its REE supply. Native Pashtun/Afghan villagers are in the way of the United States and other drug traffickers and war profiteers.
Furthermore, throughout these sixteen years, the United States with its allies and puppet Afghan administrations have used experimental weapons, such as chemical and uranium -tipped, on Pashtun/Afghan villagers. It has repeatedly bombed their villages and targeted them with drones. The U.S. with its dirty thugs and mercenaries has bulldozed their villages close to the REE deposits and mines. It is common knowledge among Afghans that the freedom fighters have provided the United Nations with evidence of these war crimes such as the Sangin District, Helmand, Province massacring, This war is not about stopping terrorism or helping the Afghan women. The United States’ occupation of and continued war against the Pashtun/Afghan villagers has only escalated insecurity and terrorism in the world. It has only created more violence. Trump’s dropping of this massive bomb the MOAB on Pashtun/Afghan has only escalated the war.
This unlawful dropping by Trump and his war mongering generals of the 21,000 plus MOAB onto the civilians in the Mohmand Valley is the last straw. The United Nations must independently investigate and prosecute this war crime.
The United States committed a war crime when on Thursday April 13, 2017 it dropped the largest non-nuclear weapon ever, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (“MOAB”), an indiscriminate killer, onto the Pashtun/Afghans of the Achin District of Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. Approximately 100,000 Pashtun/Afghan civilians live in that “so-called” remote District. Many villages such as villages in the Mohmand Valley were at or near the alleged ISIS/ mercenaries’ target. With a surface blast radius of a couple of miles wide, the world cannot see the civilian carnage, the Pashtun/Afghan innocent civilians’ bodies or crying babies’ faces, who were vaporized or blown into miniscule pieces when they were unlawfully killed by this indiscriminate, monstrous bomb, ordered and unleashed by Trump and his military war mongers, who want to kill the Pashtun villagers, who are in the middle of this war between the CIA ISIS mercenaries to control the heroin trafficking in that region. Who will be the voice of these unknown Pashtun/Afghan civilians, who today had the “shit” blown out of them by Trump? Sadly, it will be hard to find any evidence or trace of their human bodies or existence as Trump made sure of that fact.
The United States’ use and testing of this massive ordnance air blast weapon (MOAB) on the Achin District violated and was contrary to the rules of international law which are applicable in armed conflicts. Even if an area contained military objectives, the 1977, Protocol 1 Amendment to the Geneva Conventions, prohibits an indiscriminate attack on civilians, which occurred Thursday on the people of the Achin District. Article 50 of the Geneva Conventions provides in part that “the presence within the civilian population of individuals who do not come within the definition of civilians does not deprive the population of its civilian character.” Even though Trump and his war mongering generals allege that there were ISIS/mercenaries in alleged caves or tunnels in the Achin District, it does not deprive the population of approximately 100,000 in the Achin District of its civilian character. Article 51 of the Geneva Conventions prohibits indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations. The United States’ dropping of this monstrous 21,000 pound bomb onto the Achin District was a prohibited indiscriminate attack or must be considered an indiscriminate attack. The United States employed a means and weapon of combat the effects of which could not be limited to any alleged military target, any alleged tunnel or cave. This 21,000 pound MOAB weapon had a surface blast and not a penetrating effect. It had a blast radius of miles. If the alleged military target was tunnels or caves then why was a weapon with a carpet bombing, surface blast used instead of a penetrating, underground bunker buster bomb. This MOAB, which caused a surface blast with more than a two mile radius, was not limited to any alleged military target it was an indiscriminate attack, which was intended to cause superfluous injury and unnecessary suffering by the Pashtun/Afghan civilians. In addition, it must be considered indiscriminate as it was an attack on the Achin District with a monstrous, never-before used, air blast bomb which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.
Why did Trump and his war mongering generals drop this indiscriminate killer, the MOAB, onto the civilian populated Achin District, including the Thursday, April 13, 2017? It is not a weapon the U.S. just produced this past week. It was developed a few years ago. Is it just a coincidence that last week a U.S. Green Beret was killed in that area and about a week later the U.S. drops this monstrous bomb onto that area? Based on the timing and Trump’s bizarre, impulsive and retaliatory behavior, one would doubt it. The characterization of it as a reprisal appears highly likely to a reasonable person. The U.S., led by Trump and his war mongering generals at the helm, sought to punish the Pashtun/Afghans in the Achin District for the very recent killing of the U.S. Green Beret. Reprisal is a prohibited conduct under Article 51 of the Geneva Conventions. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it more than likely is a duck. If it looks like reprisal and sounds like reprisal, it more than likely is the prohibited, unlawful reprisal.
In addition, according to Pashtun/Afghan villagers in the area, the villagers wanted the Afghan freedom fighters to get rid of the CIA’s heroin processing labs in Tangi Assad Khal in the Achin District. The CIA discovered this information, allegedly moved the laboratories and then the U.S. bombed the area.
With the dropping of this massive MOAB weapon onto the 100% Pashtun/Afghan area, the Pashtun/Afghan civilian villagers are the victims and subjects of ethnic cleansing.
In addition, the Pashtun/Afghan civilians are human beings with human rights protected by international human right laws. The United States violated the human rights laws and did not treat the Pashtun/Afghans of the Achin District as “humans” when it dropped its indiscriminate killer, the MOAB, on that District. They also are natives of the largest indigenous tribe with protected rights.
It is shameful that the United States committed such a war crime. In the next few days the United Nations must go to this site of the largest non-nuclear explosion in human history and begin its investigation. Pashtun/Afghan civilians were killed by this indiscriminate killer, the MOAB. Pashtun/Afghan lives matter. Every single life matters. A thorough, independent investigation of this war crime must be conducted as soon as possible. Those responsible for the war crime must be prosecuted in lawful tribunals.
Afghans have suffered enough these past four decades. This bombing with this monstrous weapon is the last straw, which should wake up the Pashtun, the largest native tribe in the world, to seek justice. Under international law, the Pashtun/Afghans have the right to defend themselves.
You, Secretary-General, must do your job. Please do not be a puppet of the superpowers like your predecessor. Pashtun/Afghan civilians deserve justice. We Pashtun/Afghans want justice. Investigate these war crimes and prosecute the perpetrators, Trump and his generals.
Kadir A. Mohmand
6147 Old Log Trail
Kalamazoo, MI 49009