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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

"Liberation" in Bush Quagmire I

From AP:
The editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine was jailed after a presidential adviser accused him of publishing un-Islamic material - including an article critical of the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes, officials said Friday.

Minority Shiite Muslim clerics in Kabul objected to that article and another in the monthly Haqooq-i-Zan - or Women's Rights - that argued that giving up Islam was not a crime, Police arrested the magazine's editor, Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, on Saturday.

Late last week, the clerics approached Mohaiuddin Baluch, religious adviser to President Hamid Karzai, who said he forwarded the magazines to the Supreme Court.

"I took the two magazines and spoke to Supreme Court chief, who wrote to attorney general to investigate," Baluch told The Associated Press. Baluch said the articles were directly against the principles of the Quran.
I've thought from the start that the war in Afghanistan, just like the war in Iraq after it, was and is a total crock. They never had evidence linking the supposed hijackers to the supposed masterminds of al Qaeda, or to the mullahs of the Taliban. But four years ago this week, the bombs started to rain down on the poorest, most war-ravaged nation on earth once again. Terrorism hasn't stopped, Osama hasn't been caught, thousands of people, almost all of whom had nothing to do with 9/11, have been killed, wounded, captured and/or tortured. The poppies are growing again, and one repressive Islamic regime has been replaced with another (albeit very incompletely). Bush responded to his first huge screwup, 9/11, with his second, the war in Afghanistan. It was and is a crime just as much as the war in Iraq, and I have little respect for any politician who gives him any credit at all.