The headline on page 6 of today's New York times reads:
Afghan Supreme Court Backs (20 year) Prison Term for Blasphemy
By Walter Brooks
And that's the GOOD NEWS. The 24 year-old student was originally sentenced to death for downloading an article from the web. The article about the role of women in Islam.
Why in God's name are we sending American young men and women to die for these uncivilized beasts?
After seven years of American lives and money, Afghanistan is still the same primitive quagmire which defeated the might of the entire Soviet Russian Army a generation ago - and Russian is a neighboring country. Russian's entanglement there is credited with bringing down the Soviet Union, a fact which faces America today.
Have we learned nothing in 7 years of two failed wars & $3 trillion?
America's present economic collapse is a direct result of the THREE TRILLION spent on our two unnecessary foreign entanglements, and America will never recover until these trillions wasted in these two wars are brought home to solve our domestic problems.
George Santayana reminds us that “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” as we are repeating Russian's failure today in Afghanistan.
A new book by Stiglitz and co-author Linda Bilmes, "The Three Trillion Dollar War" reinforces the cold hard facts that Americans face because of Bush's Iraq war. They estimate the true cost of the war to be at least $3 trillion, and this does not take into account interest paid on the debt to finance the war, costs for caring for veterans when they return home, or replacing the destroyed and degraded equipment caused by the war. Not to mention the cost of the promised reconstruction of Iraq which cannot begin until this war has ended!
The Times story continues,
The Supreme Court in Afghanistan has upheld a 20-year prison sentence for an Afghan university student journalist accused of blasphemy. The case has alarmed news media and rights organizations in the country and abroad.
The student's family and lawyers said Wednesday that they had learned only recently about the court decision, which was made in secret on Feb. 12, and they called the procedure illegal.
The student, Parwiz Kambakhsh, 24, from northern Afghanistan, was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to death for blasphemy after accusations that he had written and distributed an article about the role of women in Islam. Mr. Kambakhsh has denied having written the article and said he had downloaded it from the Internet. His family and lawyers say he has been denied a fair trial.
In 2008, an appeals court in Kabul commuted the death sentence to 20 years' imprisonment, a decision that was upheld by a tribunal of the Supreme Court last month...