June 11, 2010, - 5:35 pm
They claim this seven-year-old boy was “spying.” More likely is that he refused to participate in Bacha Bazi, the Afghani Muslim custom of forcing young boys to dress and dance like girls, then submit to rape by older men. In fact, I’d bet on it, that this was the case.
Here’s the story, from CBS News, of yet another blatant act of barbarism in the Afghan war we really aren’t fighting and, therefore, won’t win. Religion of peace? More like Religion of Rest in Peace:
Taliban militants accused a seven-year-old boy of spying and hanged him earlier this week in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, a local government official tells CBS News.
Provincial government spokesman Daud Ahmadi confirmed the incident which took place on Tuesday in the Taliban stronghold of Sangin, in Helmand. Ahmadi told CBS News’ Fazul Rahim the boy was hanged in public after a Taliban commander read a verdict out loud, accusing the youth of spying for international forces.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that, if confirmed by his national government, the hanging would be “heart breaking and shocking.”
Karzai spoke in Kabul at a joint news conference with Britain’s new Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in town for his first visit as head of state. Cameron said the alleged hanging would be a “horrific crime… a crime against humanity,” if proven.
PUH-LEEZE. This is the same Karzai who, just a month or so ago, was threatening the U.S. he’d join the Taliban. That the Taliban regularly does this shouldn’t be news to him. And, frankly, this incident–and many others like it–make clear that Karzai is not a President of any kind. He’s a useless figurehead who does not control his country. The Taliban does. And, so long as we continue, making nice with villagers and reducing our soldiers to Maitre Ds and construction workers for the Afghanis, we will never beat them and might as well get it. This barbarism is the order of the day in that country.
A local resident in the remote village of Sang e Hissar, in the Sangin valley, tells CBS News he witnessed the hanging. The man says three militants brought the boy before a crowd of about 150 people, read the short verdict, and then hanged him from a tree.
The youngster was the grandson of a respected local elder, the resident tells CBS. According to the villager, the Taliban have intensified their campaign of intimidation in the area in recent months.
A Taliban source in Helmand told CBS News’ Sami Yousafzai on Thursday he was aware of the boy being killed, but that it was a case of a militant settling a personal vendetta against the boy’s family, then using the spying charges as an excuse. The source said he believed the boy’s executor had fled across the border to Pakistan.
The hanging comes as a Taliban commander in neighboring Kandahar province — the Taliban’s traditional home territory — tells CBS News that a suicide attack on a wedding party that left 40 people dead was “collective punishment” for villagers standing up to the Islamic militants’ control in the region.
They are fighting a war and taking no prisoners, not even a seven-year-old kid. We are fighting . . . well, we’re not fighting. We’re in the failed nation-building biz.
And that’s why, no matter what, we’ll continue to lose. We should have blown up that whole town as a lesson to the Afghans about what will happen if they execute a 7-year-old and a whole town of 150 stands by and allows it to happen.
You don’t win without ass-kicking. And if they take out a boy, their whole village should be rubble and bones.
But we simply don’t have the guts. We didn’t under Bush. And we don’t under Obama. “Hearts and minds,” my ass.
And, by the way, don’t think for a second that this kind of Islamic “justice” won’t make its way to the U.S. It’s already here, waiting for critical mass to be ultimately enacted. Maybe not in your generation or even your grandkids’ generation, but ultimately it’ll be here because we did nothing to stop these people.
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