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Masroor, believe what you want. But this may explain to you why the United
States can no longer sit back and be a target and why Afghanistan is being
attacked.

<<<
What to do if you happen upon a peace rally, and how to demonstrate why
force is sometimes needed:

1) Approach person talking about "peace" and saying there should be, "no
retaliation."

2) Engage in brief conversation, asking if military force is appropriate.

3) When he says "No," ask, "Why not?"

4) Wait until he says something to the effect of, "Because that would
just cause more innocent deaths, which would be awful and we should not
cause more violence."

5) When he's in mid sentence, punch him in the face really hard.

6) When he gets back up to punch you back, point out that it would be
a mistake to hit back and contrary to his values to strike you, because
that would, "be awful and he should not cause more violence."

7) Wait until he agrees that he should not commit additional violence.

8) Punch him in the face again, harder this time.

Repeat steps 5 through 8 until they understand that sometimes it is
necessary to punch back
>>>

Our bombs are big and sophisticated, but unless you plan on gathering up all
the terrorists and Taliban leaders in a big open space for us to blow up or
capture, expect more "innocent" people to get killed because sometimes they
hit right on & sometimes they miss a little.

Along with the law that women can no longer get an education, I believe the
Taliban also struck the RHO value from the code, which probably contributed
to the collapse of those houses.

oh yeah - EFF U BUDDY !

-Gerard
SJ, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Syed A Masroor [mailto:sam2000(--nospam--at)cyber.net.pk]
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2001 11:39 PM
To: list
Subject: Destruction of Kurram Village, Afghanistan


Dear colleagues

Last week, some terrorists, flying huge military airplanes, bombed the
Kurram village near Jalalabad out of existence.  Unfortunately, the
design of one and two storied Group R- Division III structures was
incapable of withstanding the 25 explosion that shook the village in the
middle of the night.  Almost everyone died.

The deaths are attributed to poor structural design and non enforcement
of building codes in Afghanistan.  All houses were made with
unreinforced clay-brick masonry in lime mortar (Type-O).  The brittle
failure of heavy walls under explosion loading caused the most damage to
life.

The roofs were 22swg sheets over 2x4s.  These were overlaid with a thick
layer of mud mixed with grass.  When the roofs collapsed, the inmates
were burried in this mud. All materials used in construction of these
houses had only one objective. To keep the blistering winter and
scorching summer of Eastern Afghanistan out.

As most of the houses were owner-designed and built, with the help of a
village mason - all dead, we cannot ask their point of view.   But since
some of the aiders and abeters of this massacre may be on the list, we
may ask there opinion on how to destroy lime-brick houses with 5000lb
bombs.

Syed Abulkhair Masroor
Consulting Structural Engineer
Karachi, Pakistan.




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