Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Softer Side of Taliban

Afghan Taliban have gotten a bum rap. The world, the civilized part that is, thinks of them as heartless, humorless brutes and barbarians.

Norwegian journalist Paul Refsdal risked his life to show that is wrong. Between ambushes of U.S. troops on the Khyber Pass, Taliban fighters lounge, eat, sing, and pray together. They enjoy lighthearted banter on the hand radio sets as they shoot at American vehicles, congratulate one another when scoring a hit, and later luxuriate in brushing long hair colored with henna.

And they love the children of their Taliban commander, Darwan. The two tots are well cared for, especially when taken into battle when they are told to take cover. But, who am I to judge? Maybe it was 'take-your-kids-to-work-day'.

Note Sept 1, 2010: There was a video here, Taliban: Behind The Masks, that I have been asked to remove. The request is moot since the video source was also asked to cease and desist by email.

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I could not help the pangs of sorrow at the deaths of the two children. I cannot help also feeling relief that the little girl was excused from a life of abuse at the hands of a man four, five, or nine times her age when married off as a child bride and raped in her ninth year. Nor, can I ignore the likely life of the little boy wasted on killing infidels, raping little girls when he is older, and beheading enemies on his twelfth birthday.

Wasted lives all around. Who among these Taliban, children included, may have developed a treatment and cure for any of the innumerable diseases plaguing mankind, or actually made first contact with real galactic aliens illegally crossing solar system borders? What a waste is Islam.

But, hey! At least, they have softer tendencies to freely demonstrate their feminine side. I, for one, feel so much better.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Mike's America said...

Ah, but Indigo we MUST respect their freedom of religion and accept their choice no matter what!

Isn't that what Odumbo and the Mosque Apologists would say?

Indigo Red said...

It is indeed, Mike. To bad I don't pay much attention to 'the man'.

Louise said...

Damn, I missed it.