Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Afghan Democracy Update
Seyyed Parwiz Kambakhsh gets 20 years for "blasphemy".
We're told NATO troops continue to fight and die propping up what little government Afdumpistan has in order to allow the Afghans to put together ... to put together exactly what?
Seyyed Parwiz Kambakhsh was originally sentenced to death for downloading and distributing an article on women's rights from the Internet, which in Pres Hamid Karzai's fair land qualifies as something called "blasphemy".
The death sentence came from a provincial court but the more enlightened appeals court in the Big Smoke and Bright Lights of Kabul ran it down to a mere 20 years in prison. Watch for the usual riots in the streets back in Balkh of course, where it seems they take keeping women barefoot, pregnant and veiled more seriously.
If you'd feel better signing a petition (good luck getting him sprung, but) there's one here:
All together now:
And its 1.. 2.. 3.. what are we fightin' for?
Don't ask me I don't give a damn.
The next stop's Afdumpistan ...