Our Afghan allies

by nkronos on February 7, 2011

If you thought the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan had brought any kind of Western-style human rights to the country, think again:

Afghan officials have been unapologetic. “The sentence for a convert is death and there is no exception,” said Jamal Khan, chief of staff at the Ministry of Justice. “They must be sentenced to death to serve as a lesson for others.”

Two separate Christian converts in Afghanistan face the death penalty, one of them to be executed within three days. Although Said Musa converted nine years ago and has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years, because a TV station showed him baptizing other Afghans, the 46-year-old one-legged believer is currently imprisoned, with his wife and six children having fled abroad to escape similar treatment. Ironically, Christianity is under worse repression now than when Afghanistan was a communist client of the Soviet Union.

It’s difficult to see how propping up a legal system such as this will, in the long run, produce an Afghanistan any less friendly to Islamic terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda than were the Taliban.

Edited to add: The NY Times has an even more disconcerting piece describing the shadow government Taliban faithful have established to go along with their military forces:

On one level, the Taliban has firmly re-established its hold over civilian life in rural Ghazni. Even with an American battalion patrolling Andar and the neighboring Deh Yak District each day, the Taliban runs 28 known schools; circulates public statements by leaflets at night; adjudicates land, water-rights and property disputes through religious courts; levies taxes on residents; and punishes Afghans labeled as collaborators….

American officers said the Taliban’s influence grew in a vacuum: there had been an almost complete absence of government-provided services here since the Taliban were unseated in the American-led invasion of 2001.

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