Skip to comments.Afghan execution more proof they are not like us
Posted on 07/23/2012 8:39:19 AM PDT by John David Powell
A disturbing video circulating on the Web this week is just the latest proof there are people in the world who are not like most of us who live in the land of the Great Satan.
The video is of an Afghan woman, alleged to have been the lover of two Taliban commanders, publicly and brutally murdered.
Not executed. No. Execution suggests the involvement of some sense of civilized justice. Hers was not an execution. This was cold-blooded murder in the name of some perverted religious belief and perverse tribal custom.
A few people protested in Kabul, but they will not change an ancient society that accepts and promotes honor killings and public executions for non-capital offenses. A few demonstrations will not guarantee gender equality, respect for other humans, or plain old common decency.
This video is the latest in a plethora of similar videos, including stonings and beheadings, that populate the results of the simplest searches. They are easier to find now than they were just a few years ago in the early days of the Internet. How weird and wild is that? Readers may remember back in 2007 when this writer described a mobile phone video out of Iran showing the stoning death of Dua Khalil Aswad, a 17-year-old Kirdish girl. News reports said religious leaders and male family members condemned her to death because she dishonored the family by not coming home one night, apparently spending the time with a Muslim boy. Other reports suggested they killed her because she converted from Yazidi to Islam.
Regardless of the reason, eight or nine men dragged her into the street and stoned her for half an hour until she died while a crowd stood and watched.
Three months earlier, a 13-year-old Pakistani girl died from mutilation and stoning simply because she danced at a wedding.
Readers may also remember the stone-by-stone description of a video that became part of the Congressional Record in 1998 when Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) showed the smuggled video of a public stoning of four people in Iran. It is a gruesome account that should not be viewed by the merely curious or those easily sickened by terrifying images of torture.
About five minutes into the video, a group of men carry one victim wrapped in a sheet to the center of the plaza. They carefully place the mummy-like figure into a hole as if transplanting a tree in someones yard. A couple of minutes pass before men place the second victim into another hole. Then, about half a minute later, hundreds of men crowd into a circle and begin the execution.
The two white figures writhe as stones hit them from all sides. A man walks up to one shroud and pelts it with rocks. A stone knocks the cover off the other person who is face down with head bathed in blood.
The tape jumps to the scene of a third person brought in, shrouded. He stands stock still as ghastly gardeners plant him in the hole.
Someone shovels dirt around a fourth individual who bends at the waist. Feet tamp the earth around him to make sure all is snug.
The circle of death reforms as the man with the shovel makes his final tamps. The crowd chants in agitated anticipation.
The stoning begins with lusty yells. It is a frenzied scene devoid of humanity. Scores of stones fly quickly and strike horribly. The shroud around one head explodes into red. The two ghostly figures totter. One falls forward only to be pelted backward.
The camera zooms in. The man on the right writhes as his shroud comes loose. He struggles as the pile of stones grows around him. The circle contracts slowly until fewer than five feet separate the murderous men from the objects of their execution.
Killers stand close enough to caress their victims. But they do not. Instead, they pick up more stones and fling them with all their might.
The condemned thrash, fall over, sit back up, fall back again. One goes suddenly still. The other rises almost defiantly in the face of hard death. Now the crowd stands within inches. Men pick up rocks as quickly as they can, in some macabre competition to see who will cast the last stone in the deliverance of Allah's justice.
Both figures are still. The crowd disperses. The video ends. And nothing changes, it seems, for these people who prove time and again, year after year, that they are not like us.
John David Powell writes his Lone Star Award-winning columns from ShadeyHill Ranch in Texas. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh for a daisy cutter at this time.
And Eric Cantor urges tolerance for homos and muzzies.
See tagline. Enough said.
All we have to do is reason with them and prove that we are compassionate by electing them to the US Congress and appointing them to high government positions.
For everything in life, there is a Star Trek (TOS) episode.
The sooner we realize that Klingons think differently than us, the sooner we can work “with” them productively. What we see as strength, they see as weakness, and vice versa. They are so different than us to almost be seen as a different species, especially since Islam got its hooks in them.
Just as we know that, although it looks cute, we should avoid attempting to pet a Polar Bear, we need to consider how we respond to middle eastern islamist leaders and their followers.
I wouldn’t pet one.
Not even Lt. Worf?
And when will Keith Ellison publicly condemn the ongoing executions in Afghanistan?
While it strokes our smug sense of moral superiority to think we’re above this its only an illusion, a lie. We (I supposed meaning ‘civilized’ western cultures’) have murdered how many unborn? I think far more than Islam has stoned. We are no different in any regard in ability to commit such atrocities.
You cannot civilize men who worship an uncivilized religion.
I completely agree. Howz' 'bout we get to see an ultrasound video of an unborn baby being ripped apart during an abortion, or perhaps writhing in a medical waste bin after being thrown there after an "unsuccessful abortion" while the baby is wondering why she's not getting taken care of. Brutal, huh?
We are two-faced filthy hypocrites to get our noses out of joint over these pagans executing each other when we deliberately and violently murder our own unborn and newly born and NOT A DAMN THING IS DONE ABOUT IT!
And that eeeevil, barbaric, misogynistic, cult, Islam/Sharia, is that, which "Someone" (and it ain't Mitt Romney) defends, appeases, glorifies and supports...
Anyone want to guess whom that might be?
Here's a clue for the clueless:
from page 261 of the paperback edition of The Audacity of Hope.
The film “The Stoning of Soraya M.” is set in Iran around 1980 and is a dramatic depiction of a stoning.
I remember the Gospel story of Jesus when confronted by an angry mob who sought to similarly stone to death a woman accused of adultery.. Jesus simply said ...”let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone...”. That story says volumes about the difference between the West based on these Judeo-Christian values and the barbarism under the pretense of religion that is Islam.
That’s the F-ing religion of peace at work. Nothing to see here, move along with your head in a bag!