And We Worry They Grow Poppies?

Just so you know whose country we’ve been investing our lives and fortunes for the last decade.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday pardoned an Afghan woman serving a 12-year prison sentence for having sex out of wedlock after she was raped by a relative.

Karzai’s office said in a statement that the woman and her attacker have agreed to marry. That would reverse an earlier decision by the 19-year-old woman, who had previously refused a judge’s offer of freedom if she agreed to marry the rapist.

Her plight was highlighted in a documentary that the European Union blocked because it feared the women featured in the film would be in danger if it were shown. — Miami Hurled

He rapes her, so she goes to jail.  Seems reasonable, in a culture where “No” means, “Please imprison me.”  But the guardians of the nation’s justice system are not without compassion.  If she’ll just swear before their merciful god that she’ll honor and obey the rapist for the rest of her life and respect him as her all-powerful husband, he’ll spring her.

Mitt Romney should try this on in his next speech to the wingnuts he’s trying to woo.  They might like it, and it would ease their discomfort with his Mormon affiliation.

Meanwhile, tell me again: Just what are we doing in Afghanistan?

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8 Responses to And We Worry They Grow Poppies?

  1. Labrys says:

    If I had to live in that shithole, I’d grow poppies, too. For anesthetic self-medication.

  2. julesagray says:

    If I lived there, I’d leave.

  3. Ted Williams' Head says:

    In Soviet Afghanistan, poppies grow YOU.

  4. Barbara Ganousch says:

    Once they’re married, there’s no such thing as rape.
    So after they marry, the rape is retroactively nullified.
    Is everybody happy now? Nothing to see here, people, just move along.

  5. Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-GA says:

    I disagree. Rape exists, there’s just no such thing as a rape victim.

  6. Cranky Pickles says:

    Hey, you’re over the Herald’s two paragraph fair use limit.


    • Squathole says:

      Dear Dill:
      I better check my email.
      FWIW, it’s not the Hurled’s story anyway — they plucked it off the AP wire, and I think it originated in the NYTImes anyway Which, no surprise, ran a very long, detailed, and meticulously written account..

  7. NicFitKid says:

    You ask what we’re doing in Afghanistan?

    I think it’s got something to do with bombing the crap out of Pakistani Army border checkpoints. In return, they continue supporting guys like the Haqqani netowrk who cheerfully attack our guys with suiciders and IEDs. I’m sure it all makes perfect sense with enough military acronyms and a few generals pointing at maps.

    Sometimes I wonder what will happen if Obama gets his ass kicked and the next prez says “Forget the draw down, let’s go at it for another ten years!” Will anyone even care, or will we resume our desperate job hunting / bargain shopping?

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