Nick Swisher and wife Joanna Garcia visit troops in Afghanistan over Thanksgiving
- Above Nick Swisher and wife Joanna Garcia in Afghanistan with US Army soldiers wearing Yankee caps, 11/25/11, reuters
- Above Nick Swisher and wife Joanna Garcia in Afghanistan with US Army soldiers, 11/25/11, reuters
- Above Yankee Nick Swisher signs for US Army soldiers, FOB Shank, Logar Province in eastern Afghanistan, 11/25/11, reuters
- Above man blindfolded before being stoned to death in Afghanistan, Aug. 2010, liveleak. Video below.
- 1/27/2011, "Afghanistan Officials Promise Investigation After Video Surfaces of Stoning Deaths," Zimbio.com
- WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Click here to see a very graphic version of the video.
- WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Click here to see a less graphic version of the video.
Dozens of men then throw rocks at the woman, who stands in a four foot hole, while yelling “Allah akbar.” But despite being clobbered for two minutes by countless large stones that left her burqa soaked in blood, the woman, identified as Siddqa, survives the stoning and is eventually shot by a spectator with an AK-47.
The man, Khayyam, is then brought out, blindfolded and subjected to an even more ferocious attack with even larger stones as he lies face down on the floor....
"Hundreds of people attended the stoning but no-one was charged."...
In a 2010 BBC report Karzai said stoning should be done through proper channels:
- 8/16/10, BBC: "Taliban 'kill adulterous Afghan couple',"
- "Even in Islam this [stoning] has to be done
- through proper judicial systems," he said....
This month (Aug. 2010) the Taliban also reportedly flogged and killed a pregnant widow in western Baghdis province."...
- "It (stoning) still exists on the law books in Afghanistan, Iran, sections of Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates."... . (A BBC article linked in above story conveys it as unique to the Taliban, which is not accurate).
- Stoning is part of sharia law in many places.
- lower judges are free to sentence adulterers to that method of punishment."
- 7/25/11, "U.S. trucking funds end up in Taliban hands," Reuters
The disclosure is another example of the persistent difficulty the U.S. military has in keeping its massive war funding from reaching the insurgents it is fighting in the unpopular, decade-old Afghan war.
The United States is spending more than $6 billion a month in the conflict."...
- 10/11/11, "Afghanistan Obstructs Graft Probes," AP, via Time Magazine, Goldman and Vogt
- 9/25/11, "Government by crime syndicate," LA Times, Sarah Chayes
- and marginalizing the very men and women of probity
- most needed to build a sustainable state.
When I finished my presentation, to my astonishment, the participants rose in a standing ovation. Many came down to the front of the room to talk further. "You just described my country," they chorused. I was stunned. For so long had my nose been buried in Afghanistan and its peculiarities that I had not realized I was experiencing just a sliver of a global phenomenon. As I spoke to these symposium participants (who came from Nigeria, the former Soviet republics, Pakistan and elsewhere), I couldn't help but notice a correlation between mafia government and the existence of violent religious extremism. And I realized that the phenomenon of public corruption — often pooh-poohed or viewed as a part of the ambient "culture" of South Asians, or Muslims or whomever —
- poses a substantial threat to international security.
- 11/11/11, "Afghanistan mother and daughter stoned and shot dead," BBC
The officials blamed the Taliban, who they said had accused the women of "moral deviation and adultery"."...
(The US and $6 billion a month US taxpayer money should obviously be out of Afghanistan tomorrow, should never have gone there to begin with. Those who live there like it the way it is.) ed.
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