Massoud’s Letter To The People Of America

Date: 1998

A Message to the People of the United States of America

I send this message to you today on behalf of the freedom and peace-loving people of Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen freedom fighters who resisted and defeated Soviet communism, the men and women who are still resisting oppression and foreign hegemony and, in the name of more than one and a half million Afghan martyrs who sacrificed their lives to uphold some of the same values and ideals shared by most Americans and Afghans alike. This is a crucial and unique moment in the history of Afghanistan and the world, a time when Afghanistan has crossed yet another threshold and is entering a new stage of struggle and resistance for its survival as a free nation and independent state.

I have spent the past 20 years, most of my youth and adult life, alongside my compatriots, at the service of the Afghan nation, fighting an uphill battle to preserve our freedom, independence, right to self-determination and dignity. Afghans fought for God and country, sometime alone, at other times with the support of the international community. Against all odds, we, meaning the free world and Afghans, halted and checkmated Soviet expansionism a decade ago. But the embattled people of my country did not savor the fruits of victory. Instead they were thrust in a whirlwind of foreign intrigue, deception, great-gamesmanship and internal strife. Our country and our noble people were brutalized, the victims of misplaced greed, hegemonic designs and ignorance. We Afghans erred too. Our shortcomings were as a result of political innocence, inexperience, vulnerability, victimization, bickering and inflated egos. But by no means does this justify what some of our so-called Cold War allies did to undermine this just victory and unleash their diabolical plans to destroy and subjugate Afghanistan.

Today, the world clearly sees and feels the results of such misguided and evil deeds. South-Central Asia is in turmoil, some countries on the brink of war. Illegal drug production, terrorist activities and planning are on the rise. Ethnic and religiously-motivated mass murders and forced displacements are taking place, and the most basic human and women’s rights are shamelessly violated. The country has gradually been occupied by fanatics, extremists, terrorists, mercenaries, drug Mafias and professional murderers. One faction, the Taliban, which by no means rightly represents Islam, Afghanistan or our centuries-old cultural heritage, has with direct foreign assistance exacerbated this explosive situation. They are unyielding and unwilling to talk or reach a compromise with any other Afghan side.

Unfortunately, this dark accomplishment could not have materialized without the direct support and involvement of influential governmental and non-governmental circles in Pakistan. Aside from receiving military logistics, fuel and arms from Pakistan, our intelligence reports indicate that more than 28,000 Pakistani citizens, including paramilitary personnel and military advisers are part of the Taliban occupation forces in various parts of Afghanistan. We currently hold more than 500 Pakistani citizens including military personnel in our POW camps. Three major concerns – namely terrorism, drugs and human rights – originate from Taliban-held areas but areinstigated from Pakistan, thus forming the inter-connecting angles of an evil triangle. For many Afghans, regardless of ethnicity or religion, Afghanistan, for the second time in one decade, is once again an occupied country.

Let me correct a few fallacies that are propagated by Taliban backers and their lobbies around the world. This situation over the short and long-run, even in case of total control by the Taliban, will not be to anyone’s interest. It will not result in stability, peace and prosperity in the region. The people of Afghanistan will not accept such a repressive regime. Regional countries will never feel secure and safe. Resistance will not end in Afghanistan, but will take on a new national dimension, encompassing all Afghan ethnic and social strata.

The goal is clear. Afghans want to regain their right to self-determination through a democratic or traditional mechanism acceptable to our people. No one group, faction or individual has the right to dictate or impose its will by force or proxy on others. But first, the obstacles have to be overcome, the war has to end, just peace established and a transitional administration set up to move us toward a representative government.

We are willing to move toward this noble goal. We consider this as part of our duty to defend humanity against the scourge of intolerance, violence and fanaticism. But the international community and the democracies of the world should not waste any valuable time, and instead play their critical role to assist in any way possible the valiant people of Afghanistan overcome the obstacles that exist on the path to freedom, peace, stability and prosperity.

Effective pressure should be exerted on those countries who stand against the aspirations of the people of Afghanistan. I urge you to engage in constructive and substantive discussions with our representatives and all Afghans who can and want to be part of a broad consensus for peace and freedom for Afghanistan.

With all due respect and my best wishes for the government and people of the United States,

Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Ahmad Shah Massoud(Persian: احمد شاه مسعود Ahmad Shāh Mas’ūd) (c. September 2, 1953September 9, 2001) (variant transliterations include Ahmed, Masood, etc.) was an ethnic Tajik from Afghanistan and a Kabul University engineering student turned military leader who played a leading role in driving the Soviet army out of Afghanistan, earning him the nickname “Lion of Panjshir“. His supporters call him Amer Sahib e Shaheed, translating to our “Martyred Commander”.


Ahmad Shah Massoud became Defence Minister of Afghanistan as early as 1992 under President Burhanuddin Rabbani. Following the collapse of Rabbani’s government and the rise of the Taliban regime, Massoud became the military leader of the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan. In September 2001 Massoud was assassinated by al-Qaeda agents, allegedly with the complicity of Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, and the following year he was named “National Hero” by the order of Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai.




13 Responses to “Massoud’s Letter To The People Of America”

  1. 1 farid panjsheri
    November 20, 2008 at 4:53 am

    من فرید هستم از ولایت پنجشیر قریه جنگلک پنجشیر

  2. 2 fatima
    April 26, 2009 at 8:46 am

    i read the following,, and all i can say is inshalla peace will come back to afghanistan, im half afghani and half from dubai.
    but i want to know ,, who are the good people in afghanistan and who are the bad people?
    because they are all fighting ,, afghanis are fighting against afghanis and afghanis are fighting americans,,
    so if any1 would please just explain for me why are they fighting and who is fighting against who.
    thnk you

    `yours sincerly

  3. January 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Dear Fatima ,

    The question that you asked some times ago was that Why afghanis are fighting afghanis. first of all I just want to tell you that the word that your using in your email was the word AFGHANI. and I would like to know why did you use the this word . and I think it would be nufair to use such a word because we never had such a word in our beautiful country so I have no idea where did you get this word. please we should remember that we are all Afghans not Afghanis. the reason I writing you is because our country has a lot of enemeis such as IRAN, PAKISTAN and so on . these two countries that I mentioned is they are trying to break our country a part so the word AFGHANI is a new word that comes from Iranian governemnt or their spy agency and do not forget that Iran is plying a very negative rule in our country with some of our people who works in our government the Warlord or better call them the triators . so your questions was who is fighting who ? the answer would be this our country has been invaded by the two force of evil one them is America and the other one is the Warlords who are Afghans so the the people of Afghanistan have the right to defend them selves from any aggression or occupation so the only way we can fight them is not through guns and bombs but through dealouge and discussion and we should let them know that the people of Afghanistan will never give in to any aggression or aggressour . and to the Warlords they will not be in power for ever some they will have to go. so sister I hope will not be angry or disappionted from me . thanks alot . Abdul RAAZEQ

  4. 6 raastgo
    March 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Adul razeq& Fatema

    listen first of all u didnt answer fatema questin . and would try to taliban war as a holy war..
    this is not true , talibans were working for usa , paki ISI and they still do .. they are not doing any thing for islam or afghanistan or afghanistan ppl .. taliban are made from to part of pashtuns 1, extermist and nationalist 2, pro paki and ISI(paki inelegentservice )

    A, nationalist and facist (extermist): taliban want to contorol afg by only pashtuns , which is to late and wrong time and almost impossible.2 they want to revenge from those ppl who fought and defeat taliban . 3 taliban cant see those who were fighting against them in power.
    4. these taliban never blieve and will never believe in national unity and ethenic groups in the country and national solidarity 5, these taliban want only afghanistan controls by pashtuns thats it .

    B, pro pakistan (ISI) 1,taliban : are doing and following thier boss (pakis) orthers ..
    pakistan doesnt want present of india in afghanistan ,

    2, pakistan doesnt wanat a devoloped and peacefull afghanistan .
    3, pakistan want to targets indias interest in afghanistan at all .

    4, pakistan gov knows ppl afghanistan hate them coz all troubles happenes in afg by that group of taliban , ISI is directly responsible .
    5, pakistan afraid that india by investing in very big reconstructins projects in afghanistan ,india will get alot influnce in afghanistan gov ..

    all what pakistan destroying or doing suicide bombers ,killing innocent ppl by B group of taliban are coz that reasons …

    in reality only pashtuns ppl are being abused by Pakistanis both in A and B in afg by the name of Jahad , invider or etc just for destroying pashtuns images , islam images , jahad images , afghanistan ppl images in the world just for following orther of their boss (pak ISI)
    and no other ethnics in afghanistan responsible in war .

    so dear fateme , i hope i could let u understand .

    samim from Europe

  5. April 20, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Ahmad Shah Massoud – The greatest and bestest leader of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

  6. April 21, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Ahmad Shah Masoud ( Lion of Panjsher, Amer Saheb ) he is the greatest man
    actually was (((((
    and im happy for that
    the all ppl of the world proud to him

  7. 9 JBK
    August 1, 2010 at 11:38 am

    What a wonderful man. Only just come across him as wanted examples of Good Afghan Man to compare with our dreadful current leadership of Cameron. Hague, Gove and Clegg etc. I do believe there are good people in every country nation creed and religion. Only thing is only the bad guy get to the top and stay there dues to authority and power – but no heart. Ahhh that is our weakness, but also our strength. God’s blessings upon him whereever he is. Hopefull if paradise as God is no respecter of men, only their hearts and humily and obedience to Him.

  8. 10 hazaragi
    January 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    what a criminel this man who was thirsty of blood until the last moment of his bloody life. he is qahraman of blodshed and destruction. may God keep him in the hell for ever.

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