Video: An Afghan Freedom Fighter in Donbass: a Poem of Love and Courage, July 13, 2014

14 July 2014 — No Limit to Our Anger (c) V. M. Molotov

Preamble: I never had a brother. He is the brother I wish I had. In fighting for the future of Novorossiya, I would treasure it if he considered me to be of his blood, across the ocean. I do.

Video: Interview with an Afghan Militiamen of the Donetsk People’s Republic, July 13, 2014

Graciously Translated by Valentina Lisitsa (@ValLisitsa) / Editing by Gleb Bazov

Afghan Volunteer: I am Afghan, an ethnic Afghan. I came here of my own good will. Many will say: “What is he doing here, go away and mind your own business, blah blah blah and so on.”

The matter of fact is that what happened in Ukraine also happened in our country. About 36 years ago. Our country was divided into two camps. One was helped by the Soviet Union, another – by the entire world with US as a leader. It happened so that we lost that war, and the results are clear.

Look at what’s happened with Afghanistan – how many people have died. And to add insult to injury, those who helped America back then, now they automatically got included into the ranks of “separatists” [laughing]. That’s it. And almost all of them have perished.

I ended up in the Soviet Union in ’85, through a bilateral agreement between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan. I graduated from Boarding School #9 in the city of Volgograd. In essence, I got a solid Soviet education. A Soviet upbringing. And now, if all of them start saying: “He is pro-Russian, pro-this, or pro-that,” trust me, in reality, we’ve had very serious problems with the new democratic Russian authorities. We were treated as strangers.

I am not here for the Russian government or for any other government. I am here for Slavs, for these people, the friendliest people, people who nevertheless are targeted for extermination. We[, Afghans,] were “dealt” with? Not quite, but they are almost done “dealing” with us, and now they’ve come to do the same with Slavs. And it’s here that they must be stopped.

You see, the real crux of the matter is that all those people, who think that they are supporting the right cause, they are being shown atrocities, they are being shown how people wearing St. George ribbons rape, murder. How they kill someone. This is sabotage. They are being shown this. They watch it and, believing what they’ve been shown, they go and attack us. They go up against us, and they think that their side is the right one.

The same thing, the very same thing was done in Afghanistan. Exactly the same, like a carbon copy. Do you understand? And now the problem is no longer whether they are good or bad. The problem is that they remain ignorant of the evil they carry on their shoulders. They know not what they do.

Question: Tell us please, how much do you get paid here?

Afghan Volunteer: [laughing] They pay me so much that I have to bum cigarettes. I am here of my own free will. I don’t kill people for money. [emphasizing] I don’t kill people for money. I am here by myself.

My comrades, fighting at my side, they are Ossetians, Russians, Cossacks, Kalmyks, Yakuts … an entire family of the Soviet Union is fighting alongside me! We are the union of tribes, as it used to be, you understand. And Ukrainians too are here with us!

You can’t split people like that! It’s not as if we came and started it at all. You can’t say: “Oh, you all came here and that’s when the mischief started. Nobody wants you here.” They[, the Americans,] don’t want anybody here, not Slavs, not anyone! These Ukrainians, who forgot their roots, they no longer consider themselves Slavs. But even they will have no place here! The need slaves here! They need those types like the Eurovision winners – and if you are like that, you will sit pretty, you’ll have a home here. No one else will be tolerated. Trust me, just look at how it was done in Afghanistan!

Question: So they will do the same here as they did in Afghanistan?

Afghan Volunteer: [laughing] With Slavs they will do much worse. Because Slavs, they are that layer which carries its own civilization, its own civilizational imperative. And at its root, [this imperative] is contrary to all this business, contrary to all this world domination. They don’t want Slavs. Do you understand? They don’t want their spirit. Do you understand? That’s how it is.

Now they say that we are nothing but paid mercenaries. But it’s completely the opposite – [laughing] the Ukrainian side tried to hire me, saying: “We pay well, come to our side.” But the matter of fact is that I am a Muslim, and I don’t kill people for money. Do you understand?

It is written in the Qur’an, that if something bad is happening someplace, you must counteract it. It is written in the Qur’an that no person should ever act for money – yes, a person is allowed to trade. A person can trade, buy and sell, but only within permitted limits. A person is forbidden to do low disgusting things – the ones that they do. And that is why I am here.

It has been long expected. It has been long expected, and there is in principle nothing surprising in the fact that certain Muslims are taking up the side of Slavs now. This is because the word has divided itself into two camps, and small countries, small states – they cannot live on their own anymore. They have to pick sides. The must stick with others, and the choice is not that wide. Either Slavs or America, together with Britain.

There are also other people, who say: “Look, there is Syria, there is Iraq.” But, there, both the government and the opposition are nothing but marionettes in the hands of the same masters. And that’s all. And this idea of Jihad that has been brought to life in the Middle East – naturally, it is obvious who they work for. Do you understand?

Moving on. I was also told that there is a very charming female journalist from Echo of Moscow [radio station,] who portrays things as if … she’s been talking about how, supposedly, “radical Islam” was, for some reason, somehow, nurtured by Russia in some manner. But the fact is that on the Ukrainian side there are mercenaries killing people for money – and this she conveniently forgot to mention. She does not talk about them! And, naturally, it is obvious who pulls her strings. It’s obvious who is the piper where our journalists are concerned.

We were just recently in Donetsk; we went to a store, and the owner says to us: “Guys, there is no need to pay, take anything, take it for free, you are our only defenders. You’re good guys! Keep defending us. You are the best!” But we can’t accept things for free. It’s our obligation to pay.

We must show that we are not looters, not killers, not robbers. We don’t expect preferences; we don’t cause disorder. We are here, and we want everyone to know that we’ve come here to defend this very land. To safeguard it from the evil brought on the shoulders of those pro-Westerners.

I would like to say that our land is still plentiful of strong men. The time has come to pay back our debts. When I came to study in USSR I was fed three times a day – I had so much food that five kids [back in Afghanistan] could stuff themselves. Time has come for me to pay back this debt.

A long, long time ago, my father – he perished in Afghanistan. He was murdered by servants of the Americans. Now it is the time for me, his son, to fight their dogs. And that is all.

I would like to say this to them: “Don’t worry, we are all with you, you have us all – Russians, Ossetians, Chechens, Afghans – we are all here, right next to you, as one big family.”

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