A View From The Handbasket

Monday, March 20, 2006
Meet the new boss
Posted by neros_fiddle at 1:11 PM
It sounds like the Afghan government is up to its old Taliban-era tricks again:

The defendant, 41-yer-old Abdul Rahman, was arrested last month after his family accused him of becoming a Christian, Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada told The Associated Press in an interview. Rahman was charged with rejecting Islam and his trial started Thursday.

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"We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law," the judge said. "It is an attack on Islam."

Mawlavezada said he would rule on the case within two months.

Afghanistan's constitution is based on Shariah law, which is interpreted by many Muslims to require that any Muslim who rejects Islam be sentenced to death, said Ahmad Fahim Hakim, deputy chairman of the state-sponsored Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.


It seems the administration has two choices: they can either stop pretending they are "spreading freedom" and admit they simply want a fundamentalist Islamist regime that will play ball (as opposed the Taliban, who wouldn't play ball), or they can invade Afghanistan again and start over.

Or, in the real world, we'll just continue pretending and no one will notice. (And then act surprised when Iraq starts condemning people to death for leaving Islam.)

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