The Face of Evil

In Pakistan today, just across the border from Afghanistan, Taliban goons got their hands on two Afghans who they claimed had collaborated in a Predator strike on a Taliban house across the border in Pakistan. It isn’t clear from this news account whether the Taliban kidnapped the victims from Afghanistan.

In any event, loudspeakers in mosques called the faithful to witness the brutality that was to follow. A crowd estimated at 5,000 or more assembled. The Afghans were dragged out of a car.

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Masked militants pulled the two blindfolded Afghans from a car and forced them to kneel on the ground.

Waliur Rehman, a local Taliban commander, told the crowd that the two men had confessed to aiding in the strike on a house in the border town of Damadola that killed 14 people last month. The men disclosed the names of others accused of involvement, who would be killed as well, Rehman said. …

“Whoever, for the sake of money, for the sake of America, harms the interest of the Islamic world will meet the same fate,” Rehman said.

Gunmen with daggers then pounced on one of the men—identified as Jan Wali, 36—decapitated him and waved his bloody head to the cheering crowd….

The crowd cheered “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great.” You can see how this would be a religious experience. The assassins then debated whether the second man should be decapitated, since he may not have been of age. One of the gunmen settled the issue by shooting him in the head.

I’m not sure whether these gentlemen are among those with whom Barack Obama wants to sit down and chat when he becomes President. I hope not. Wittgenstein once wrote something to the effect that if a lion could talk, we wouldn’t be able to understand him. But I think Obama would have a better chance with the lion than the Taliban.

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