Afghan journalist Rahmatullah Naikzad has released a videotape of the kidnapping and execution of two women, shown below, for their alleged involvement in a prostitution ring. The video is graphic and the viewer can hear that at least one woman screaming. It is another example of the barbarism still carried out by the Taliban under Sharia law. It is also more evidence of the return of the Taliban in a surge of its own in Afghanistan.
The execution occurred on July 12th and the photographer was later arrested on allegations of having Taliban ties after he turned himself in. Naikzad insists that he cleared the trip with Associated Press after he was contacted by Taliban representatives (who guaranteed his safety). The Taliban accused the women of corrupting “pure girls and women” and “indulged them in immoral acts.”
While some bloggers have suggested that Naikzad is working for the Taliban for propaganda purposes, it is a propaganda victory that only the Taliban would relish. Civilized people around the world will be shocked by the continued application of medieval standards by their religious extemists. It also reinforces those who view Afghanistan as the legitimate war as opposed to Iraq.
For the video, click here (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]
For an interview with the journalist, click here.