Who is Ahmad Shaw Masoud?

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Answered by: John, An Expert in the Afghanistan Category
In some instances a person isn’t found guilty of any wrongdoing unless a panel of individuals vote unanimously in favor of a decision. That means that if one individual or member isn’t in agreement, then no verdict can be reached (a.k.a. “Hung Jury”). This seems to be the case with the controversial issue of the role Ahmad Shaw Masoud played in Afghanistan’s history. Although there is a mountain of negative evidence that suggests otherwise, there is a particular group of Afghan’s that refuse to believe in any wrong doings associated with Masoud. From educational institutions, to writers, to journalists, to news reports…they all have information that paint a particularly ugly picture of the role that this combatant played in his time of prominence. I understand that people need heroes to look up to (especially in a country that lacks heroes). That doesn’t mean that citizens should turn a blinds eye to person’s atrocities and malicious intentions for the sake of appointing a champion. On the contrary, facts are facts, and the fact is Ahmad Shaw Masoud’s role has more to do with a ‘best supporting-actor’ then it do a ‘champion’. The Soviets of course were the ‘leading actors’. The Jury is out on Ahmad Shaw Masoud. The Jury is Hung however because Afghan’s (specifically) are not all in agreement. His few remaining supporters have actually been the benefactors of creating a false sense of acceptance for a national villain.



In some instances a person isn’t found guilty of any wrongdoing unless a panel of individuals vote unanimously in favor of a decision. That means that if one individual or member isn’t in agreement, then no verdict can be reached (a.k.a. “Hung Jury”). This seems to be the case with the controversial issue of the role Ahmad Shaw Masoud played in Afghanistan’s history. Although there is a mountain of negative evidence that suggests otherwise, there is a particular group of Afghan’s that refuse to believe in any wrong doings associated with Masoud. From educational institutions, to writers, to journalists, to news reports…they all have information that paint a particularly ugly picture of the role that this combatant played in his time of prominence. I understand that people need heroes to look up to (especially in a country that lacks heroes). That doesn’t mean that citizens should turn a blinds eye to person’s atrocities and malicious intentions for the sake of appointing a champion. On the contrary, facts are facts, and the fact is Ahmad Shaw Masoud’s role has more to do with a ‘best supporting-actor’ then it do a ‘champion’. The Soviets of course were the ‘leading actors’. The Jury is out on Ahmad Shaw Masoud. The Jury is Hung however because Afghan’s (specifically) are not all in agreement. His few remaining supporters have actually been the benefactors of creating a false sense of acceptance for a national villain. In some instances a person isn’t found guilty of any wrongdoing unless a panel of individuals vote unanimously in favor of a decision. That means that if one individual or member isn’t in agreement, then no verdict can be reached (a.k.a. “Hung Jury”). This seems to be the case with the controversial issue of the role Ahmad Shaw Masoud played in Afghanistan’s history. Although there is a mountain of negative evidence that suggests otherwise, there is a particular group of Afghan’s that refuse to believe in any wrong doings associated with Masoud. From educational institutions, to writers, to journalists, to news reports…they all have information that paint a particularly ugly picture of the role that this combatant played in his time of prominence. I understand that people need heroes to look up to (especially in a country that lacks heroes). That doesn’t mean that citizens should turn a blinds eye to person’s atrocities and malicious intentions for the sake of appointing a champion. On the contrary, facts are facts, and the fact is Ahmad Shaw Masoud’s role has more to do with a ‘best supporting-actor’ then it do a ‘champion’. The Soviets of course were the ‘leading actors’. The Jury is out on Ahmad Shaw Masoud. The Jury is Hung however because Afghan’s (specifically) are not all in agreement. His few remaining supporters have actually been the benefactors of creating a false sense of acceptance for a national villain.

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