> Having said all that - is there anything that we in the West can do about the
> reprehensible situation in Afghanistan?
If you do want to send a response by email, you can go to the following
web site, and sent an email petition directly to your congressional
representative (if you're in the U.S.), to the U.N. Council on Human
rights, and several other sources. I believe the web site also has
suggestions for more active ways to help.