Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Is this what President Obama is sending our troops to fight and die for?
The Taliban on Sunday ordered their first public executions by stoning since their fall from power nine years ago, savagely killing a young couple who had eloped, according to Afghan officials and a witness.
The brutal punishment was carried out by hundreds of the victims’ neighbors in a village in northern Kunduz Province, according to a local farmer and a Taliban sympathizer, who was interviewed by telephone. Even family members were involved, both in the stoning and in tricking the couple into returning after they had fled.
People described the mood at the stoning as “festive.”
As a Taliban mullah prepared to read the judgment of a religious court, the lovers, a 25-year-old man named Khayyam and a 19-year-old woman named Siddiqa, defiantly confessed in public to their relationship. They said, ‘We love each other no matter what happens.”
A week earlier, the national Ulema Council brought together 350 religious scholars in a meeting with government religious officials, who issued a joint statement calling for more punishment under Shariah law, apparently referring to stoning, amputations and lashings.
I don’t understand President Obama’s arrogant thinking that a surge of U.S. combat troops will somehow reverse the tide of radical Islam in Afghanistan? This is a deeply theocratic nation, mired in the 9th century, with absolutely no interest in joining the greater community of modern nations.
Wake up Barry, Our troops have no business being in Afghanistan.