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August 9th, 2010

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05:34 pm - No words can suffice.
From today's Times:
Three Taleban mullahs condemned a pregnant widow to be flogged and shot in public, in a remote part of western Afghanistan on Sunday, after convicting her of having an affair.

Mullah Daoud, a senior Taleban commander contacted by this newspaper, said that he had sat on the panel of three judges which reached the decision, in an area of Badghis province firmly under militant control.

“There were three mullahs that passed this verdict. I was one of them,” he said. “We gave this decision so that in future no one should have these illegal affairs. We whipped her in front of all the local people, to show them an example. Then we shot her.”


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Date:August 9th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
You know how people who are more in tune with the oneness of all humanity like to say that no one deserves to die?

I'm... not on board with that.

(And no, I'm not talking about the woman.)
Date:August 10th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Even with the interconnectedness of all life, the argument can be made that there are individual bits of life that are a total waste of skin.
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Date:August 10th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I think that's why pulp heroes like The Shadow were so popular in the 1930s. It was an era when, as now, it was sometimes hard to tell who the bad guys were, and in the real world prudent people hold back from extreme measures for fear of mistakenly punishing an innocent - but The Shadow always knew.
Date:August 10th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I think the appeal of that is timeless, yeah...stories where there are certainties and Right Wins Out.
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Date:August 10th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
This just leaves me speachless. :(

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