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Clean house in Iraq and Afghanistan

First Afghanistan wants to kill a man because he’s not a Muslim and now there are death squads hunting down gays in Iraq.

Yesterday when I was thinking about the Afghanistan situation, I found myself wondering “why is the US supporting and defending a nation whose core values are so diametrically opposed to our own?” A former Italian president doesn’t think we should. He’s urged that Italy withdraw all of its troops (somewhere north of 1,700) if the government executes the Christian convert.

“It is not acceptable that our soldiers should put themselves at risk or even sacrifice their lives for a fundamentalist, illiberal regime ….”

President Bush is "deeply troubled" by the arrest and possible trial.

This sort of thing wasn’t uncommon under the iron-gripped rule of the Taliban, but as that CNN article said, things are supposed to be different now.

It might be unfair, but I’m willing to bet that he’s more troubled about the state-sanctioned murder of a Christian than he is about the dozens of gay men in Iraq who are kidnapped, blind-folded, bound, and then executed with a bullet to the back of the head. Murders ordered by Iraq’s most senior Shiia religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistni.

I’ve not heard anything from President Bush on this one, though.

Why are we supporting these states that value freedom and human rights so little? Maybe it’s time to clean house in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Written by Jeff

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 3:36 pm

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