Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Taliban morality

Afghanistan. 10 schoolgirls shot at by machinegunners as they go home from school. Two die. Their crime - being female and going to school.

Don't get angry or feel sad - its a matter of appreciating the distinctive cultural perspectives, tribal and religious values of this ancient civilisation. We've discussed this before.


'With their teacher absent, 10 students were allowed to leave school early. These were the girls the gunmen saw first, 10 easy targets walking hand-in-hand through the blue metal gate and on to the winding dirt road.

The staccato of machine-gun fire pelted through the stillness. A 13-year-old named Shukria was hit in the arm and the back, and then teetered into the soft brown of an adjacent wheat field.

Zarmina, her 12-year-old sister, ran to her side, listening to the wounded girl’s precious breath and trying to help her stand.

But Shukria was too heavy to lift, and the two gunmen, sitting astride a single motorbike, sped closer.

As Zarmina scurried away, the men took a more studied aim at those they already had shot, killing Shukria with bullets to her stomach and heart. Then the attackers seemed to succumb to the frenzy they had begun, forsaking the motorbike and fleeing on foot in a panic, two bobbing heads — one tucked into a helmet, the other swaddled by a handkerchief — vanishing amid the earthen color of the wheat'.

Is this what David Hicks and his Jihadist heroes were fighting for?

1 comment:

procrustes said...

But Harry - if only you would just try and understand their point of view more, then we could reason with them ...