As Afghanistan continues to reach accommodations with Taliban forces, another case illustrates vividly the extremist Islamic values advanced by the group. In the village in the Northern province of Sar-e pul, a 30-year-old woman was reportedly beheaded in the market by Taliban fighters. Her crime? She “went to the city alone without her husband.” Of course, as we discussed in another story today, our long-time ally Saudi Arabia continues to maintain the same medieval Islamic abuses in the treatment of women.
The woman’s husband was in Iran and the couple has no children. The women decided to go to the market on her own, which was deemed an offense to Islam. She was reportedly beheaded with a bayonet attached to an AK-47″ after arguing with Taliban in the market.
To these Islamic extremists, beheading the woman was a victory for Sharia law and Islamic values. Yet, U.S. officials have reportedly supported efforts to reach a settlement with the Taliban and allow them back into power. If that is the case, it seems a fair question to ask what so many Americans died for in Afghanistan and why we spent trillions in this war. Women will still be denied basic human rights, Sharia law will continue to impose abusive religious edicts on citizens, and the Taliban will continue to crank out extremists who believe beheading women in market places is the ultimate expression of Islamic morality.