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Gunmen kill Japanese doctor, five Afghans

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By Noorullah Shirzada

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RIP

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This is very sad news. I’ve long admired Dr. Nakamura and feel his death will be a great loss for the area.

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An absolutely top bloke,

RIP,Doc.

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Rest In Peace, sir.

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Poor guy.  what an unholy mess the whole Afghan intervention has been.  too many innocents have died.

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Very sad a doc helping others is murdered.

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Why, why, why, why, why?????

Such a stupid waste.

PS The Taliban have denied responsibility, saying that no member of that team is a target. The close grouping of those three shots on the windscreen look at first glance like an assassination.

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Found it a bit odd that he said the Taliban were good at governing. I heard multiple stories that they were lazy, disinterested in it, (calling it a day by 2:30), and couldn’t keep records for anything, and had a habit of shooting people who liked music, movies, and song birds. All too often Japanese don’t see the big picture.

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So many trigger happy extremists high on drugs don’t care whom they kill....

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RIP

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Found it a bit odd that he said the Taliban were good at governing. I heard multiple stories that they were lazy, disinterested in it, (calling it a day by 2:30), and couldn’t keep records for anything, and had a habit of shooting people who liked music, movies, and song birds. All too often Japanese don’t see the big picture.

Or maybe he had boots on the ground and knew the reality of the situation. All too often anonymous internet posters talk with complete confidence as if they knew what they were talking about, when they actually are just shooting from the hip without even really knowing what they are talking about.

All I know is I don't know. Could be anonymous internet poster knows what they are talking about. Could be said doctor did.

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I have thought for a long time now, that generally speaking, the best of the Japanese don't actually live in Japan.

A sad loss to Afghanistan.

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What a loss.He was a great man and will linger in our minds.Msy he rest in eternal peace.Nuff respect.

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May.

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Providing humanitarian aid in any form to an enemy encourages that enemy's will to resist.

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Providing humanitarian aid in any form to an enemy encourages that enemy's will to resist.

Or, demonstrates to the enemy that maybe you shouldn't be enemies.

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An incredible human being. Selfless, kind and a true humanitarian.

The bastards who did this want us to give up hope, they want us to be sad and desperate. Never. We carry on for the very likes of Dr. Nakamura, his work and his memory.

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All I know is I don't know.

I think most of us are in that situation. An important point, Strangerland. Thanks.

I heard multiple stories that they were lazy, disinterested in it, ...

I read multiple stories daily that say similar things about all kinds of groups, political parties, etc. But is it not often/mostly the case that when we get hands on experience of something, it's nothing like what we read? Generally, it's much more messy and complicated.

Anyway, Mr. Takamura sounds like a great person indeed.

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It’s unfortunate this article doesn’t mention that Nakamura focused his work on irrigation projects for decades. Because giving medical treatment for cholera is a stopgap measure where people don’t have access to clean water. And fostering agriculture is a better long term solution to malnutrition etc.

invalid CSRF

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RIP Dr. Nakamura. I'm so sad about this. But now I want to day other subject now.

In Afghanistan there are many race of people. Pashtun(Afghan), Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek are four biggest race in Afghanistan. Dr. Nakamura had an Asian face like Hazara people in Afghanistan. Hazara people looks like Japanese/Chinese. They've been always under discrimination. Please search on google: Who are the Hazaras?

Two weeks ago Minister of interior of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh, said that Hazara people should get less civil rights than others because they have smaller nose. In such country Dr. Nakamura, who had a small nose as a Asian, helped people. I hope Japan Today make a research about Amrullah Saleh's comment and publish a article.

Thanks!

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Why on earth weren't Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him? Ridiculous.

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R.I.P. Doctor.

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Nakamura was an outspoken opponent of the 2001 US-led war that ousted the Taliban regime,

Good.

whom he defended as able administrators.

Are many examples of terrible groups/people that are “able administrators” and nobody would defend those groups/people. The prime example are the Nazis.

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How about the five 5 Afghans also killed? How do their loves ones feel that there is no mention of their names and how they bravely protected a foreign doctor. are they chopped liver? Does the life of one Japanese warrant headline but not one Afghan? Shame on you.

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Are many examples of terrible groups/people that are “able administrators” and nobody would defend those groups/people. The prime example are the Nazis.

However if you study the situation in Afghanistan, the time where the Taliban were in control (while not perfect) was a lot more peaceful than the current situation has been for the longest time. The Taliban are an interesting group often turning to violence to govern, however they left the general population relatively alone. It's once they were ousted that they became a lot more violent. That and the various leaders have all had their own philosophies about it, some more brutal than the others.

It's kind of like the Yakuza in that they generally kept the other splinter groups in check.

 The Taliban have denied responsibility, saying that no member of that team is a target. The close grouping of those three shots on the windscreen look at first glance like an assassination.

I thought that too. This was likely a targeted hit by trained gunman. They knew what they were doing. Since the ouster of IS from Syria and the such, the remaining cells have started popping up in Afghanistan. Wonder if that's what this was.

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However if you study the situation in Afghanistan, the time where the Taliban were in control (while not perfect) was a lot more peaceful than the current situation has been for the longest time. The Taliban are an interesting group often turning to violence to govern, however they left the general population relatively alone. It's once they were ousted that they became a lot more violent. That and the various leaders have all had their own philosophies about it, some more brutal than the others.It's kind of like the Yakuza in that they generally kept the other splinter groups in check.

And of you study the hard facts you will find out that the Taliban were created by the Jihadi pakistani military, and are all but state managed by them, every single terrorist act in Afghanistan carried out by Taliban is on behest of there controllers. This Taliban doesnot represet the true afghan fighters, they have been mostly been eliminated by them. It's no Yakuza but a brutal islamist organization.

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For a no-holds-barred inside understanding of life under the Taliban when they were in power in Afghanistan, read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

A great book.

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