Monday, August 27, 2012

For Taliban, It's Business As Usual In Afghanistan

Human Rights

An article by Ahmad Nadeem in Reuters says that in Afghanistan 17 persons were beheaded by Taliban Islamists, which forbid many things, including mixed dancing, music, women's education and many of the things that define modern western society. Its methods are crude, but highly effective:
The Taliban beheaded seventeen party-goers, including two women dancers, in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province as punishment, recalling the darkest days of rule by the ultra-conservative Islamist insurgents before their ouster in 2001.
The bodies were found on Monday in a house near the Musa Qala district where a party was held on Sunday night with music and mixed-sex dancing, said district governor Nimatullah. Men and women do not usually mingle in Afghanistan unless they are related, and parties involving both genders are rare and kept secret.
The killings, about 75 km (46 miles) north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, came at the beginning of a violent 24 hours for NATO and Afghan authorities in which 10 Afghan soldiers were killed in a mass insurgent attack, also in Helmand, while two U.S. soldiers were slain by a rogue Afghan soldier.
 "The victims threw a late-night dance and music party when the Taliban attacked" on Sunday night, Nimatullah, who only has one name, told Reuters.
This is business as usual for Islamists, the Taliban representing a singular view that is both pre-modern and anti-western. Such barbaric acts tend to define pre-modern regimes, which resort to the use of violence both to instill terror and to enforce their laws.

The aim of such groups as the Taliban is to rid Afghanistan of "foreign ideas," represented by the foreign troops on its soil and return the country back to its "pure" understanding of Islamic sharia law. It has no use for western values, including its liberation of women, or its protection of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. Human rights and the primacy of the individual, as defined by the U.N. Charter, are secular western ideas.

So here we have defined the problem, the heart of the human conflict; it's about ideas. It is these same-held ideas that western nations cherish, that inform its views on human rights, that now need promoting and promulgating. So, that being the case, I ask the following two questions. Will the same feminists, gay-rights groups, church bodies and Leftists so vocal and strident in their anti-Israel rhetoric now act similarly in regards to Afghanistan's dismal and repressive record of human rights? In particular, will you speak out and demonstrate support for these women, who long for the same freedoms that you now enjoy? Ignorance is now not a moral option

You can read the rest of the article at [Reuters]


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