free to what?

People in Afghanistan are SO much better off since we levelled their country going after terrorists. They only have to fear for their lives if they are Christians. 

"Abdul Rahman must be killed. Islam demands it," said senior Cleric Faiez Mohammed, from the nearby northern city of Kunduz. "The Christian foreigners occupying Afghanistan are attacking our religion."

Rahman was arrested last month after police discovered him with a Bible during a custody dispute over his two daughters. He was put on trial last week for converting 16 years ago while he was a medical aid worker for an international Christian group helping Afghan refugees in Pakistan. He faced the death penalty under Afghanistan's Islamic laws.

The case set off an outcry in the United States and other nations that helped oust the hard-line Taliban regime in late 2001 and provide aid and military support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

President Bush and others had insisted Afghanistan protect personal beliefs.

If Bush is so worried about freedom, why do we support the leadership of a country with a judicial system that allows the prosecution of people based on their religion?  This isn't the case of a country that we're just trying to gently nudge our way.  We were there, ostensibly to get the terrorists. But we also managed to get into the democracy building business as long as we were there, didn't we?  Hell of a job. 

Well, at least they let him go.  In fear for his life.  Yeah, we done good.


2 Responses to “free to what?”

  1. BuffaloGeek Says:

    I’m no fan of our national foreign policy but I think we need to give the Afghans some leeway here. It’s these types of decisions that test the streth of a democracy and make it better. We faced similar crises in our early days; we made mistakes and we’re stronger for them.

    The Afghanis need to promote discussion on the topic and define their own democracy. They should not concede any ground to foreign meddlers who are trying to help them define their own policies.

    Regime change is an ugly process and we don’t always get what we want. The Afghanis are doing a mildly decent job in establishing a national identity, here’s hoping they choose to do the right thing.

  2. Red Says:

    I must agree to a point. This thing was destined to be ugly no matter how it was gone about. I just think that since we were doing a dangerous job there, we might have wanted to use a little more influence to start the Afghanis off with a little more moderate leadership. I understand that a strict law based on Islam is what people in that region are accustomed to, but it doesn’t exactly coincide with the ideals of democracy. At least our style. I also agree that once underway, the US ought to abide by whatever the Afghanis decide is their fate, as long as that fate doesn’t take them right back where they were with the Taliban.

    That being said, it seems to me that the Bush administration has completely misjudged how hard it would be to effect this change. As if their thinking was that Afghanistan held a teeming mass of people who were yearning for freedom and were only waiting for a liberator to set them free and allow them all to pursue some unified dream of democracy, American style. I think this was a serious error in judgement on our administration’s part, and our continued presence there is beginning to backfire a bit.

    The question now is what to do? I think diplomacy is the only way to go. However, the Afghani people will certainly be wary of diplomatic pressure, especially when they’re still looking at Americans with guns on their soil.
    This will certainly be a test. Not only of Afghanistan’s people, but also our leadership.

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