Sacrificing American Soldiers for Sharia
Our Sharia is better than yours, from the Last Crusade
- AFGHANISTANÂ REMAINS A RADICALÂ MUSLIMÂ STATE UNDER THE SHARIA
RadicalsÂ Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan
Little in Afghanistan has changed despite theÂ annual expenditure of $65 billion from Uncle Sam’s coffers and the deaths of 753,118 people.
Afghanistan remains under the rule of the same intransigent interpretation of the Koran that was upheld by the hard-line Taliban.
Under President Hamid Karzai, the Taliban’s Department of Vice and Virtue has morphed into the Ministry of Religious Affairs, an agency responsible for making sure Afghan woman don’t engage in “un-Islamic” displays in public.Â Married girls are still forbidden by law to attend high school classes for fear their unmarried classmates will hear sexual information.Â Recently, three girls, ages 10 to 15, were poisoned for attending school in the town of Khost.
Afghan women are still regularly subjected to forced marriage and forced to undergo “virginity checks” if they are seen in the presence of a male not related to them.
The fashion of the day remains the head-to-toe blue burqa is still worn by a majority of Afghan women out of fear of rape and harassment.
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Nor have economic conditions improved despite the massive infusion of foreign aid.Some 42 per cent of Afghanistan’s 25 million inhabitants live on less than a dollar a day and life expectancy is only 45 years. Overall literacy rate is just 34 per cent and 18 per cent for women. 80 per cent have no access to clean water, and 60 per cent remain without any electricity.
The New York Times reports: “From the lowliest traffic policeman to the family of President Hamid Karzai himself, the state built on the ruins of the Taliban government seven years ago now often seems to exist for little more than the enrichment of those who run it.”
The purpose of the war in Afghanistan, as stated by former US President George W. Bush, was twofold: (1) to destroy al Qaeda and the Taliban, and (2) to establish “a model of democracy” in a country that was governed by intolerance and hate.
Neither purpose has been achieved.
For proof that AfghanistanÂ under Karzai remains a militant Islamic stronghold, consider the following rulings:
Death Sentence for Questioning Sexist Marriage Law.Â Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, an Afghani journalism student, disseminated an article at his university entitled “The Koranic Verses that Discriminate Against Women.” Originally written by an Iranian internet journalist, the piece questioned why Muslim men may have up to four wives while Muslim women are prohibited from having more than one husband. For this crime, Kaambakhsh was arrested in January 2007 and sentenced him to death for blasphemy and defamation of Islam. An appeals court is reviewing the case.
Imprisoned for Translating the Quran.Â In November 2007, Ghows Zalmay, a former journalist and attorney-general’s spokesman, was imprisoned for publishing a translation of the Quran into Dari. Conservative religious leaders said the translation was “un-Islamic” and misinterpreted verses about adultery and begging. Some members of the Afghan parliament have accused Zalmay of being “worse than Salman Rushdie,” the British author of “The Satanic Verses” (published in 1988). Zalmay now faces the death penalty.
Death Sentence for Converting to Christianity.Â In 2006, Abdul Rahman, a 41-year-old Afghan, decided to convert from Islam to Christianity. He was arrested and sentenced to death. By strict interpretations of Islamic law, conversion from Islam to another religion is considered apostasy, a crime that merits capital punishment.
Imprisoned for Publishing Articles Challenging Sharia Law.Â In 2005, Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, an Islamic scholar, published an article in “Women’s Rights” (Haqoq-e-Zan), a Kabul monthly magazine. The article questioned the harshness of certain punishments under Islamic law, such as the stoning to death of women found guilty of adultery, and argued that it is no crime to give up Islam. A religious adviser to President Karzai filed a complaint about the article with the Afghan Supreme Court. Nasab was found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to two years of hard labor in a high security prison with no possibility of appeal or parole.
Prohibition:Â The Afghan constitution bans the sale, production or consumption of alcohol. In April 2005, in what was termed a “compromise,” Afghanistan authorities allowed the sale of alcohol to foreigners in hotels and bars. “This double standard,” the Chicago Tribune reported, “has caused resentment among liberal and conservative Afghans. Many liberal Afghan men would like to drink alcohol. Conservative Afghans would like to rid the country of all alcohol, and, if necessary, the foreigners blamed for bringing it in.” Indeed, if Karzai loses his bid for re-election on August 20, his willingness to permit this double standard may prove to be the deciding factor.
For the above, the Obama Administration remains intent upon shelling out $10 billion in addition funds to the Karzai government and sacrificing the lives of stout-hearted American soldiers.