It takes a village.
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban on Sunday ordered their first public executions by stoning since their fall from power nine years ago, killing a young couple who had eloped, according to Afghan officials and a witness.
Mr. Khan [a local farmer] estimated that about 200 villagers participated in the executions, including [the man’s] father and brother, and [the woman’s] brother, as well as other relatives, with a larger crowd of onlookers who did not take part.
“People were very happy seeing this,” Mr. Khan maintained, saying the crowd was festive and cheered during the stoning. The couple, he said, “did a bad thing.” – NYTimes
See what happens on European Sunday afternoons when soccer season ends? Of course, it’s doubtful that the Taliban would approve of organized sports any more than they like out-of-wedlock sex. Not their favorite way to, um, “score.”
It seems, though, that a shrewd and ambitious business mind could cash in on this activity. Obviously there’s a spectator market. Sunday Stonings!! Suppose they make them a ritual, and enlist sponsors to advertise and prominent spokesmen to promote the activity world-wide. Right away I think of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Rolling Rock beer for the name and brand. And of course, whatever theme music is developed would be the ultimate in rock, right?
Ten years of American presence costing billions of dollars and loss of life, this crap continues. Out in the villages the 8th century rolls on undisturbed. The poppies grow unmolested, Kabul’s corruption makes Chicago look like Mayberry, and there’s no improvement in sight, let alone an end.
Once upon a horrible time, we had a very good reason to invade Afghanistan. There was a clear mission supported by much of the world community. That clarity of mission is missing today, the vision blurry…….hey! Maybe it’s stoned.
Mr. President: Get us out of here.