You’d think it would be the bleeding heart liberals who would want us to stay indefinitely, spending blood and treasure in Afghanistan for humanitarian reasons…but no…
They’d probably reason this sort of thing wouldn’t be happening if we weren’t over there to begin with. As if Taliban brutality weren’t a reality prior to OEF.
Twisted Taliban militants took terror to a new low by accusing a 7-year-old boy of spying – and hanging him high.
That outrage drew immediate condemnation from the Afghan president, who called the execution a “crime against humanity.”
“I don’t think there’s a crime bigger than that, that even the most inhuman forces on earth can commit,” Hamid Karzai said Thursday. “A 7-year-old boy cannot be a spy. A 7-year-old boy cannot be anything but a 7-year-old boy
The execution happened Tuesday in the embattled Helmand province, said Dawoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
“The innocent boy was not a spy, but he may have informed the police or soldiers about planted explosives,” Ahmadi told Central Asia Today.
“If this is true, it is an absolutely horrific crime,” added British Prime Minister David Cameron, while on a stop in Kabul. “I think it says more about the Taliban than any book, than any article, than any speech could ever say.”
The victim was reportedly the grandson of a tribal elder.
The Taliban has targeted tribal leaders who have supported the Karzai government or took part in U.S. directed reconstruction programs.
Hanging is a favorite Taliban terror method for getting rid of enemies – and sending a message to other would-be opponents.
Nor is this the first time the Taliban has killed kids. Three years ago, they strung up a 70-year-old woman and a child in the Musa Qala district on trumped up spying charges, Ahmadi said.
Also 3 years ago, they hanged a 12 year old boy from a mulberry tree, claiming he was passing off information on roadside bombs to police and British forces.
Reminds me a bit of the story about the boy spies in Lawrence Wright‘s “The Looming Tower“; only there, Zawahiri had to find justification for executing the boys as fellow Islamists protested it was against Islamic Law to kill children; Zawahiri found the justification he craved for by checking the boys for pubic hair, determining that the 13 yr old boys were old enough to be tried as men….and then he executed them.
Many members of al-Jihad and al-Qaeda objected to putting children on trial, saying it was against Islam.
When Turabi and his people learned of the firing squad, they were incensed. The Sudanese government accused al-Jihad of behaving like a “state within a state” and ordered Zawahiri and his organization out of the country immediately. They did not even get time to pack. “All we did was to apply God’s Sharia.” Zawahiri complained. “If we fail to apply it to ourselves, how can we apply it to others?”
Al-Jihad scattered, mainly to Afghanistan, Jordan, and Sudan. Many members broke away, scandalized by the cold-blooded execution of the two young boys. In Zawahiri’s hands, al-Jihad had splintered into angry and homeless gangs.
-Ch 12, The Boy Spies, from Lawrence Wright’s “The Looming Tower“, pg 216