Finding humanity in all the old familiar places:
- The Humanity of the Taliban Kills 10 “Christian Missionaries …
- “The Humanity of the Taliban” Kills Children â€”
- BBC: Looking for Taliban Humanity â€”
- Taliban Humanity Watch
Perhaps this deluded lefty believes that the Islamic ideology has a special place for useful idiots like him….
Useful Idiot Watch: Dateline, on air Sunday, 22nd August 2010
Norwegian journalist Paul Refsdal risked his life to become the first Westerner to film behind Taliban lines inAfghanistan, and see the fight between the allied forces and the insurgency from the Taliban’s viewpoint.
Now Dateline brings you his remarkable story, as Paul witnesses several ambushes ofÂ US troops on the Khyber Pass, and films celebrations over the death of a US soldier.
But he also captures a human side of the Taliban, as insurgents relax, pray, eat together, and look after the children of Taliban commander, Dawran.
Paul comes under threat himself too, as a US gunship attacks and he’s kidnapped by one of the Taliban group which took him in.
WATCH – For a glimpse of the Afghan War you won’t see anywhere else, watch Dateline this Sunday at 8.30pm on SBS ONE.
LIVE CHAT – Put your questions to Paul Refsdal about his remarkable experience in our live online chat after the program.
BLOG – Executive Producer Peter Charley writes about getting such a rareÂ insight into life with the Taliban.
- 6 Policemen Poisoned, Killed in Kandahar
- Marines Engage Taliban
- Taliban big turban linked to US sailors’ deaths banged
- Taliban torture prisoners. Oh my! Shocked! (Jawa Report)
- Taliban lecture TIME on journalistic standards
Sharia, that is. And a disastrous precedent exists in the language of theÂ U.S.-backed, post-Taliban constitution:
“No law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam” (Chapter 1, Article 3).
Choosing his words very carefully, and revealingly so. It’s not just the story reproduced below, but other sources fromÂ Reuters toÂ RTTNews, that show he condemns the fact that there was no trial, but stops short of condemning the idea of Sharia punishments (lashes or stoning) for “adultery,” and of condemning the cruel, unusual, and barbaric punishment that stoning is. There are, after all, influentialÂ clerics to please.
Oh, the humanity!
The delayed execution will likely be taken as a gesture of compassion in some circles, but the Iranian authorities are still toying with the defendant, who doesn’t know if her end will come the day after Ramadan ends, or at any arbitrary point after that, and at this point, whether she will be shot, stoned to death, or hung. And they are are playing a waiting game with the international community as well, biding their time to see the collective attention span wanes long enough to carry out the sentence.
Ultimately, they are attempting a balancing act between the imperative to carry out Sharia for the sake of the regime’s credibility as an Islamic government, and managing the global public relations quandary that cruel and unusual punishment necessarily entails.