24 March 2006
Democracy in action
A couple of interesting news items have come my way. The first relates to some poor sod in Afghanistan who converted to Christianity 16 years ago and who now faces the death penalty for his apostasy. My favourite quote comes from Abdul Raoulf, a mullah who was thrice-imprisoned under Taliban rule: "Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die," he opined. He is considered a moderate, by the way. The real hardliners want him to die slowly, presumably so that he can repent just as the last bit of him is torn into two.
The second concerns a fatwah that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued back in October of last year. In it he called for homosexuals to be killed in the "worst, most severe way."
The thing that I like about this is just how it tells against the whole published reason for the two wars. Afghanistan and Iraq were going to be model showcases for democracy. What the warmongers expected was a bit of North London liberalism. What they have got are two primitive societies where the lid has been lifted and everyone gets to see the maggots crawling around inside.
This is the reality of life in primitive countries, I'm afraid. Maybe if they had been left to their own devices they would - probably centuries down the road - change and evolve into something that a North Londoner would want to support. As things stand, the occupations freeze everything in amber. Nobody can even think about change, even glacial change, until those foreign troops are removed. To do so is to colaborate: and we all know what happens to collaboraters when occupations end.
Update, 25th March 2006, 12.15am: a full 24 hours have now gone by since I posted the above. For some reason not a single wanking for war site has commented on the fact that the people of Afghanistan have democratically elected a government that wants to kill apostates from Islam. Why is that I wonder? The Afghan people have spoken through their elected representatives, so why the silence from those valiant lads of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders?