For a young woman named Rukhma, it may be a bit unclear what the United States is fighting for in Afghanistan, or certainly achieving at such a great cost in lives and treasure. Our Afghan ally continues to impose strict Islamic laws against woman in shocking abuses. In this case, Rukhma was taken across the border from Pakistan, raped and abused and then forced to watch as her 3-year-old son was beaten to death. The result: prosecutor put her in jail for adultery and “escaping her house” in Pakistan.
The man responsible for these outrages was given 20 years (it appears that the constant executions that we read about under Sharia is reserved for other crimes like homosexuality rather than raping a woman and beating her child to death).
The true outrage, however, is the jailing of Rukhma. She received four years for adultery and “escaping her house” in Pakistan. For a woman to simply leave her house without permission of the family is a crime. The Afghan government, supported by billions of U.S. dollars, insists that justice was done. The chief prosecutor of eastern Nangarhar province, Abdul Qayum, reportedly became very upset to be even questioned about the case and said that she got of “lightly.” Now, here is an insight into our Afghan allies. He went on to note that “If my wife goes to the bazaar without my permission, I will kill her. This is our culture.” This is their chief prosecutor.
Qayum helpfully noted “This is Afghanistan, not America.” Good point. The next question is why Americans are dying so that moronic creeps like Qayum can abuse women and maintain a culture in the Stone Age. We have soldiers dying to preserve a system that rejects the most fundamental and inalienable rights of humanity. We have sought to reduce violence by allowing Taliban members and their supporters to resume their prior abuses. There would be greater support for our Afghan campaign if we were insisting that the government establish the minimal human rights protected under international law. Instead, we are judging “victory” solely based on our own assessment of whether Al Qaeda has been kept in check. Who needs Al Qaeda when you have thousands of Qayums to maintain their twisted view of paradise.
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