Saturday, December 10, 2005


Our
Sisyphean
War


We fight a war in Afghanistan. We free the Afghanis from the terrifying Taliban regime. We help them write a constitution, and establish an elected government. And what do they do? Well, for one thing, they have arrested and jailed a magazine editor for questioning Sharia Law; specifically, the practice of stoning people to death for adultery:


Now they want to put him to death — Mohaqeq Nasab, the Afghan editor already sentenced to two years hard labor for "blasphemy" against Islam. Now, Afghan prosecutors want to put him to death. Why? The Muslim editor of Women's Rights magazine published articles in post-Taliban Afghanistan that criticized aspects of Islamic law, including the penalties of stoning for adultery, amputation for theft, and death for leaving Islam.

"Sometimes the whole religion and the rules of the religion were attacked," explained Muhammed Aref Rahmani, who sits on Afghanistan's council of Islamic scholars. Attacked? "For instance," Mr. Rahmani told the Chicago Tribune, "he says one woman should be equal to one man, as a witness in a case, which is completely against our religion."


Oh, may it never be. Women equal to men? No, no, God no.

Islam has many laws and rules which are simply inhuman. These Islamic laws can not be tolerated. We still have an army in their country. We should go and get that man out of prison, and we should tell Karzai that what his government has allowed is not acceptable, and that they'd better get back to work rewriting the laws and the constitution.

Here are some aspects of Islam which need to be removed from practice across the face of the Earth:

1) Stoning and mutilation as punishment
2) Burqas - and any Sharia rule which dictates, in any way, that women are less than men
3) physical Jihad
4) anti-Semitism - the idea that Jews are the sons of apes and pigs

After we had completed our military victory in World War II, we set about remaking German and Japanese society. We outlawed the preaching of Nazism in Germany, and we outlawed the teaching of Emperor-worship in Japan.

We should do the same thing in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then, in Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia after that.

We can not push the stone of Democracy up the hill only to have it roll back down on top of us.