Just In Case You Need Proof That The Taliban Are Batshit Crazy

by Daniel Russ on June 11, 2010

Taliban Justice. At Least This Guy Was An Adult

Taliban Executes 7-Year-Old Boy

No one, apparently, is immune from the Taliban’s extremism: CNN reports that persons believed to be Taliban militants executed on Tuesday a 7-year-old boy in Afghanistan who was accused of spying. The execution took place in Helmand province, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai addressed the report on Thursday: “I don’t think there’s a crime bigger than that that even the most inhuman forces on earth can commit,” he said. “A 7-year-old boy cannot be a spy. A 7-year-old boy cannot be anything but a 7-year-old boy, and therefore hanging or shooting to kill a 7-year-old boy … is a crime against humanity.”

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Corsair8x June 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I hate people that link to other stories in blog comments. And now that I’ve said that I’m going to do just that (with apologies) because what is written here in Knights of Afghanistan is so relevant I think. He links to a YouTube clip as well which seems somewhat appropriate to the situation:

http://knightsofafghanistan.blogspot.com/2010/06/shaping-operations.html

So the question is, are they crazy or just “determined” and determined to show they are determined? Is that and crazy the same thing? How is it that we can label the same group as tactically proficient (as some have) and within the same month “batshit crazy”? This isn’t a criticism, just a statement about how much we are out of our league in that region. Even our friends are our enemies as indicated by a recent stand-off between a Canadian security company and an Afghani Security company (Wanat) which almost came to gunfire. These two groups are supposed to be on the same side.

So the same Karzai that cries out about how inhumane this group is, is the same man who just 2 months ago threatened to join them. This is the same Karzai who’s own family owns Wanat, a security company widely known to shoot civilians, raze villiages, and possibly even make deals with the Taliban to create violence just so they can prove their services are needed. You remember, the inhumans. The same man quick to criticize US accidents.

Maybe coalition forces need to embrace a little of that horror as well. Wipe out every fighting-age male of that family. The same family we are allied with. That’s determination – and it’s a warning, much like what has happened to that 7-year-old. What separates them from us? The fact that we know the difference about free will. We know that people named Karzai are making choices that result in *their people* suffering, while 7-year-olds are incapable of making such choices.

It’s time to stop pissing around and show that we have more determination than money, because all anyone sees right now is dollars. If we are not determined, then we should not be there. The same will be true the next “insurgency” the west finds itself embroiled in.

Daniel Russ June 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Can’t disagree with that except that I tend to think that in any culture in the world, retarded or mentally ill people, and children go into the “not capable of making good judgments.

Children in particular. I guarantee you if the kid DID spy it was at the behest of an adult who coached him into doing something he felt was right.

That said, children are in principle, or should be in principle not culpable for political crimes.

Corsair8X June 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

But that beings us to Kurtz though doesn’t it? So committed that such boundries don’t exist. Or is it that they just wanted to set an example. Kids have been an instrument of terror and horror in that part of the world before. Look at the childrens toys rigged up as explosives. The idea is to terrorize and demoralize “them”. Russians have been reported to do that in the very same country. Civilized enough of a society?

Civilized is a dangerous label. It causes one to let their guard down. Was Germany not civilized? There was no age requirement for being a Jew and yet children were rounded up and exterminated with the same enthusiasm.

So again, back to Kurtz. “Every innoculated arm.” That was fiction, but the effect is the same. “We will stop at nothing so resistance is futile.” That is what people are dealing with over there. Citizen and soldier. I imagine though that they can look in the mirror because in the end it’s inshalla. That concept has been used to dismiss too much.

Zachary Bartell February 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

It was an act designed to elicit precisely the above responses – the article included. It was terror and the way to bypass it is to ignore the visceral reaction to child killing it produces.

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