* Kidnapping and hostage taking for ransom is traditional Muhammedan business. Its not clear why the Taleban are trying to sound apologetic.
Why argue with success? Terrorism works: Every time the brave mujaheddin kidnap Westerners, or in this case Korean would-be missionaries, their respective governments cave in and reward the kidnappers for their crime:
(AP) Al Bebeeceera
Terrified, dhimmified, submissive, forcibly converted to Islam?
The men accompanying the last hostages freed gave an unsigned note to journalists accusing the South Koreans of coming to Afghanistan on a mission to convert the staunchly Islamic country to Christianity.
They came to our nation to change our faith,’ the handwritten note read. The Afghan people have given their lives for their faith. This is the reason we arrested them.’
JANDA, Afghanistan – Taleban militants vowed to abduct more foreigners after ending a six-week hostage drama by releasing the last seven of a group of kidnapped South Koreans under a deal with the Seoul government.
We will do the same thing with the other allies in Afghanistan, because we found this way to be successful,’ Taleban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told the Associated Press via cell phone from an undisclosed location.
The seven hostages were handed over Thursday to the International Committee of the Red Cross in two separate exchanges close to the central Afghan city of Ghazni, Red Cross officials and an Associated Press reporter said. The freed hostages did not speak to reporters.
The final three released _ two women and a man _ were handed over by armed men on a main road in Janda district after apparently walking through the desert for some distance. Covered in dust, they were quickly bundled into a Red Cross vehicle and driven away.
The seven were part of a group of 23 church volunteers who were abducted on July 19 as they traveled by bus along a dangerous road in southern Afghanistan. The militants killed two men soon after taking them, and released two women earlier this month in what they termed a goodwill’ gesture. On Wednesday, the Taleban released the 12 other hostages.
Al-Azhar University, the most respected institution in Sunni Islam, endorses ‘Umdat al-Salik, a manual of Islamic law that says this: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled” (o9.13)? If the capture of non-combatants is forbidden by Islam, are we to believe that these captured women and children were acting as soldiers? If the vast majority of Muslims reject this sort of thing, why does Al-Azhar say that ‘Umdat al-Salik “conforms to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community (ahl al-Sunna wa al-Juma’a)”?
If the killing of these hostages is likewise forbidden, why does the same manual stipulate that prisoners can be killed, exchanged for ransom (why exchanged for ransom, if they are not hostages?), enslaved, or released, depending on what is best for the Muslim community (o9.14)?
Al Reuters uses a Muhammedan stringerÂ (Sayed Salahuddin) to cook the news for you:
South Korea pays Taliban $20 million ransom, Taliban promises to kidnap, kill more foreigners
A senior Taliban commander said on condition of anonymity at the weekend that the deal also included a ransom payment of more than $US20 million ($24.32 million), which would be used to buy weapons and fund suicide attacks.