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Afghan Student Gets 20 Years For Blasphemy

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the consider-this-a-warning dept.

Censorship 618

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Despite nationwide public support for his initial death sentence, a three-judge appeals court has reduced the sentence of Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh to 20 years in prison. Kambakhsh was charged with circulating an article on women's rights that he found online. From the article: 'Family members have said Kambakhsh was beaten and threatened with death until he signed a confession and that local journalists who expressed support for him were warned they would be arrested if they persisted.'"

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absurd (2, Insightful)

paultag (1284116) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472731)

It is really tough to consider that these flagrant transgressions still go on in todays environment.

Re:absurd (5, Funny)

Naughty Bob (1004174) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472769)

It is really tough to consider that these flagrant transgressions still go on in todays environment

You said it. God Damn blasphemers.

Re:absurd (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25472947)

Burn him!! Burn him!!

Re:absurd (1)

Bob-taro (996889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472931)

It is really tough to consider that these flagrant transgressions still go on in todays environment.

Transgressions of what? I'm not taking the other side, just asking you to be more specific.

Re:absurd (2, Insightful)

paultag (1284116) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473033)

Basic Human Rights? Try Ethics? How about a Totalitarian Government Browbeating it's own Citizens?

Re:absurd (5, Insightful)

Curtman (556920) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473795)

How about a Totalitarian Government Browbeating it's own Citizens?

Did you miss the part that said "Despite nationwide public support for his initial death sentence"? This isn't the Afghan government opressing it's citizens, it's the citizens asking the government to kill this man.

Which means that we are the ones saying the citizens don't have a right to determine the laws of their land. I wonder who the totalitarians are in this case.

Re:absurd (5, Insightful)

ral8158 (947954) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473967)

You know, a long time ago, the citizens of America in the south didn't have a problem with slavery.

Does that make it right?

Re:absurd (2, Insightful)

Curtman (556920) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474077)

Currently the government of America kills [wikipedia.org] dozens, sometimes hundreds of its own citizens each year, is that right?

Should someone stop you from doing it?

Re:absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25474085)

Still them.

Re:absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473017)

Today's environment? Depends on where you are. For the location, it doesn't sound like anything out of the norm to me. There are quite a few more countries to overthrow before propagation of our ideals will be complete.

Re:absurd (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473455)

Exactly what environment do you think this is happening in? There are not Invisible Pink Unicorns running things in Afghanistan.

I don't think that this situation is anything even resembling right, but I can tell right now that I am not going to do anything about it. Is that the environment you are talking about?

Re:absurd (5, Funny)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473621)

You are right! The human rights abuses in Afghanistan are intolerable!

We should go and liberate the Afghan people... er, oops! Sorry, my bad!

Re:absurd (1, Interesting)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473623)

It is really tough to consider that these flagrant transgressions still go on in todays environment.

Define "todays environment"
Because this is Afghanistan we're talking about, not a developed country.

Different societies have different values.
And Americans are usually guilty of ethnocentrism when they discuss the world at large.

Re:absurd (5, Insightful)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473859)

It is really tough to consider that these flagrant transgressions still go on in todays environment.

Define "todays environment" Because this is Afghanistan we're talking about, not a developed country.

Different societies have different values. And Americans are usually guilty of ethnocentrism when they discuss the world at large.

As far as I'm concerned, legal punishment of any severity for simply challenging the beliefs of the majority is not acceptable anywhere. If that makes me ethnocentric, then so be it.

Re:absurd (4, Insightful)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474443)

Well than why do I keep getting legally punished for challenging the majority's opinion that someone can somehow "own" something and that all thing's aren't everyone's?

Re:absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473831)

It is really tough to consider that these flagrant transgressions still go on in todays environment.

Welcome to Islam. This guy is actually lucky - people get executed for this sort of thing in Islam.

not the real cause (5, Insightful)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472771)

He wasn't really charged for the blasphemy, it's because he was very critical of the government and some of their corrupt friends, and they found something useful to charge him with.

"Kambakhsh's journalist brother, Yaqoub Ibrahimi, has said he believes the blasphemy charges were a pretext and that Ibrahimi was the authorities' real target because of articles he wrote about abuses by local warlords and militias."

They beat a confession out of him

Re:not the real cause (4, Funny)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472885)

Kambakhsh's journalist brother, Yaqoub Ibrahimi,

AHA! I knew he was connected to the liberal media! They just don't want America to win.

Re:not the real cause (5, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472939)

That's not the way the Afghan public sees it. And ultimately in today's world, your conviction is heavily determined by the public's or more correctly the media's opinion of your guilt. If the vocal majority think something should be a crime, it will become one.

But, do you think that western society is really any better in this regard? A thought experiment if you will. Replace the women's rights pamphlet with a (non-explicit) circular defending paedophilia. Do you think our society would still protect your freedom of speech if you began circulating that? How long before they beat a confession out of you? Who's going to defend you?

"Blasphemy" as a concept is not restricted to religious matters. There are many things that even supposedly free societies will not allow to be discussed. As George Carlin said, you don't have rights. You have privileges. Privileges that can be revoked at any time.

Re:not the real cause (1)

Dr Caleb (121505) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473123)

>>"Blasphemy" as a concept is not restricted to religious matters. There are many things that even supposedly free societies will not allow to be discussed.

Depends on the society. The Department of Vice and Virtue [foxnews.com] or The Department of "Well, that was unexpected" [upi.com]

Punishment will fit the crime, only if society demands it. I doubt the CRTC will even investigate the matter, let alone throw half million dollar fines for what can be seen on regular airwaves after midnight in Toronto.

Re:not the real cause (3, Insightful)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473807)

A nuanced opinion?! Blasphemy!

Re:not the real cause (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473981)

A thought experiment if you will. Replace the women's rights pamphlet with a (non-explicit) circular defending paedophilia. Do you think our society would still protect your freedom of speech if you began circulating that?

Perhaps you're not familiar with NAMBLA [wikipedia.org] , the North American Man/Boy Love Association.

How long before they beat a confession out of you?

Won't happen - NAMBLA has been around for many years. They even get lampooned on SNL and South Park.

Who's going to defend you?

Fortunately there are lawyers who will defend anyone, even convicted terrorists.

Re:not the real cause (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25474257)

Who's going to defend you?

NAMBLA?

Re:not the real cause (1)

rschwa (89030) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474469)

... Replace the women's rights pamphlet with a (non-explicit) circular defending paedophilia. Do you think our society would still protect your freedom of speech if you began circulating that? How long before they beat a confession out of you? Who's going to defend you?

Pedophilia is not the same thing as women's rights. Try replacing 'pedophilia' in your example with 'racism'...

Re:not the real cause (0, Offtopic)

Hojima (1228978) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473007)

Mod the parent up. The summary can cause some confusion for the many people who don't RTFA

Re:not the real cause (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473141)

Really? You must be new here.

They should have just used water-boarding. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473771)

Then they could have just claimed the moral high ground.

Oh, wait...

Exactly (1)

Chicken_Kickers (1062164) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473881)

Warlords, politicians and governments have been getting rid of subversives through centuries using the most convenient excuses. Here how it works:
  • Absolute monarchy: You are a traitor to the King/Queen.
  • Total dictatorship: Just a bullet to the back of the head
  • Military junta/Revolutionaries: You are a traitor to the state/revolution.
  • Theocracy: You are an apostate/blasphemer.
  • Modern "Democracies": You are an IP pirate/Terrorist/Politically Incorrect.

So yeah, there is nothing new here. It doesn't excuse what is happening but all the same I'm not surprised. Politicians and governments are the same everywhere. Whether they are Muslims, Christians, Hindu or atheists does not matter.

Re:not the real cause (2, Insightful)

hondo77 (324058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474381)

They beat a confession out of him.

Alas, the USA no longer has the moral high ground to condemn that.

And yet... (4, Insightful)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472779)

Producing most of the worlds heroin is just fine and dandy.

Re:And yet... (1, Insightful)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473013)

> Producing most of the worlds heroin is just fine and dandy.

It's needed for medical reasons, as is coca (the main ingrediant of cocaine). Besides, heroin is a relatively safe drug if not mixed with fuck knows what and if you don't have to indulge in criminal behaviour to pay the high prices caused by laughable attempts at prohibition.

Re:And yet... (4, Insightful)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473115)

What utter rubbish. There isn't much that causes more physical harm and dependence than heroin.

Re:And yet... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473269)

methamphetaime?

Re:And yet... (5, Insightful)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473441)

Yep. There are old heroin addicts. There are no old speed freaks. In fact, long term, even alcohol is worse for you than heroin. I would hardly call heroin safe, though.

Re:And yet... (4, Informative)

jaxtherat (1165473) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473699)

Tabacco causes far more being legal, cheap and highly addictive (far more than heroin).

In fact (according to the American Cancer Society circa 1993 for the USA) annual death statistics are:

        Total tobacco related: 434,000
        Heroin/Morphine: 2,400

And to sate your curiosity, here are the other common killers:

        Alcohol-related: 105,000
        Car accidents: 49,000
        Suicide: 31,000
        AIDS: 31,000
        Murder: 22,000
        Fire: 4,000
        Cocaine: 3,300

Food for though, eh!

Re:And yet... (5, Insightful)

Curtman (556920) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473953)

Total tobacco related: 434,000
Heroin/Morphine: 2,400

That isn't a fair depiction of the mortality rate though, unless you believe that there are equal ammounts of heroin users and tobacco users.

Re:And yet... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25474025)

Marijuana: 0 (It does not have to be smoked prohibition raises the price to where smoking is more economical for the user)

Re:And yet... (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473719)

> There isn't much that causes more physical harm and dependence than heroin

What physical harm does heroin cause?

Re:And yet... (2, Informative)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474279)

What utter rubbish. There isn't much that causes more physical harm and dependence than heroin.

Try to read up on the effects of alcohol dependence and alcohol withdrawal. You can start here [wikipedia.org] . Alcohol is actually one of the few drugs whose withdrawal symptoms can kill you. (Which is also why, if you want to break an addiction to alcohol, you need to see a doctor so that you can be carefully monitored and treated.) Alcohol is a legal drug, but it can still be incredibly dangerous to your health, even more so than some of the illegal drugs.

Re:And yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473137)

heroin is a relatively safe drug

Tell that to the dozen or so addicts I know.

Its good for pain. But also ripe for abuse. If you think you have it under control you might, *for now*. Give it about 6 months and you will not.

Re:And yet... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473671)

Tell that to the dozen or so addicts I know.

sometimes I'm glad I have no friends. This is one of those times.

Re:And yet... (3, Insightful)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473207)

Look, it is that very prohibition which inflates the price and causes these farmers to resort to growing poppies instead of say - wheat. All I'm trying to get at here is that this is absurd and ridiculous. This government is completely unwilling and unable to put in place reforms to reduce the poppy industry and replace it with something a little less devastating for the populace. Yet, they jump at the opportunity to put a journalist in jail for spreading some truth about human rights abuses in his own country.

Re:And yet... (1)

n0nsensical (633430) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473809)

Yeah because government officials make loads of money from drug trafficking (and not only Afghanistan's)

Re:And yet... (1)

Vagnaard (1366015) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473119)

Producing most of the worlds heroin is just fine and dandy.

From Wikipedia on Afghanistan :

During the Taliban's seven-year rule, much of the population experienced restrictions on their freedom and violations of their human rights. Women were banned from jobs, girls forbidden to attend schools or universities.[54] Communists were systematically eradicated and thieves were punished by amputating one of their hands or feet.[55] The majority of the opium production was eradicated by 2001.[56]

Re:And yet... (4, Informative)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473319)

You should check around for some more recent stats. like this [wikipedia.org]

Re:And yet... (1)

Vagnaard (1366015) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473569)

Ah! Nice. I had missed that.

Thanks for the information!

Re:And yet... (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473259)

Producing most of the worlds heroin is just fine and dandy.

Of course it is, when it's intended for selling to the corrupt and evil Infidel. I'll stick to beer and bacon sandwiches thank you very much.

Re:And yet... (1)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473553)

I'll stick to beer and bacon sandwiches thank you very much.

I'm very intrigued, but I have to ask - How do you keep the bread from getting soggy? Perhaps soak it with beer prior to toasting?

Well you can't run an economy on blasphemy (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473495)

I mean where's the prophet in that?

Wow (-1, Offtopic)

InvisblePinkUnicorn (1126837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472781)

Wow, fast turnaround time. I only submitted this minutes ago.

Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (2, Interesting)

CrimsonKnight13 (1388125) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472783)

Tell me why we're supporting Afghanistan again? How is the current government any better than the Taliban?

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (4, Insightful)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472813)

It is better in the same ways that the Taliban was better than the Russians. And the Russians were better than the Germans. Should I keep going?

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (1)

Vagnaard (1366015) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472883)

Yes.

I'm very interested to know who the germans were better than.

I just can't figure it out.

Unless you count Napoleon ... Yeah, well, no, I can't say that the germans where better than frenchs under Napoleon.

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473423)

Haha. The germans were better than the germans. I probably shouldn't have posed the question for me to keep going...

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472905)

Should I keep going?

Yeah. Who were the Germans better than?

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25472935)

Pssst... It's the Democrats!

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473083)

But at this point you have to ask, was the Taliban really better than the Soviets? They didn't have a lot of tolerance for religious bullshit.

But then, playing an historical what-if game is pretty useless either way. Better to discuss what could be done now.

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25474409)

How was the Taliban better than the Russians?
Say what you will about the Soviet Union, but compared to the Taliban, they were huge humanitarians.

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (1)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472921)

Because they are our advocates fer Freedom(TM) and Democracy(TM) and they are fightin' terra!

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (5, Insightful)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472945)

How is the current government any better than the Taliban?

A) They're not forcing men and boys to grow beards
B) Girls and women are allowed to attend schools
C) They're not blowing or destroying religious icons from other religions or artifacts from 2,000 years ago
D) Roads, an electric grid and sewer systems are being (very slowly) built
E) Every person who wants to vote is allowed to
F) And most importantly, women are not being forced to wear burkhas if they don't want to

Granted this current ruling is nonsense and Kharzai knows it, but he is very weak and doesn't have the backing to overturn the verdict.

I'm not saying the current government is perfect. Far from it. But to compare this government, which is working with other countries to attempt to undo nearly 40 years of war and strife, to the Taliban is disingenuous. It will take, at a minimum, ten years to begin to change the mindset of the people, specifically the warlords and the men, to allow greater freedoms.

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25474225)

C) They're not blowing or destroying religious icons from other religions or artifacts from 2,000 years ago

Damn that's a hot typo. I know most people frown on blowing religious icons, though.

Time to change their mindset. (1)

wfstanle (1188751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474413)

"It will take, at a minimum, ten years to begin to change the mindset of the people, specifically the warlords and the men, to allow greater freedoms."

You are very optimistic if you think their mindset will change soon. They have been this way since the times of Alexander the Great. Probably it will take a minimum of 10 generations.

Re:Fighting for Freedom = Suppression of Voice? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473025)

How is the current government any better than the Taliban?

Mega Evil (former) vs Evil-lite (current).

Everyone knows the less evil is better. However, if you think that any evil is bad, I'll agree. Lets become anarchists without any government evil at all, because we don't have any government.

Here's a little cultural lesson for you, some places in the world are "Not Nice" to your way of thinking or life, and visa versa. The whole "multicultural" model says that we can't "judge" their culture as it is equal to our own.

So quit being so sensitive about how they run things over there. I'm sure you wouldn't want them coming over here and putting all your women in burkahs, would you? / sarcasm-lite

It's all about the almighty $ (1)

tuxgeek (872962) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473433)

Fighting terrorism was just a bull shit story to sway public opinion towards an Afghan invasion. The real reason that George "head up his ass" Bush invaded Afghanistan was so that the oil companies could build a gas pipeline through the country. The current regime there Hamid Karzai is a puppet for the oil industry and has been on their payroll. A search on Wikipedia also suggests this notion but is a somewhat controversial subject. Although anyone with any brains can see it's true. Even the people of Afghanistan want to kill him as a traitor.

I wouldn't be surprised if the truth came out that the Bush crime family has been trafficking Afghan heroin into the USA aboard CIA run C130 transports like they did during the Reagan/Bush Nicaraguan/Contra secret war, only that time it was cocaine.

I shit thee not! The Bush family are some of the most greedy and corrupt cock-suckers on the planet.

All he said was... (4, Funny)

jimicus (737525) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472803)

All he said was "That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah".

Re:All he said was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473131)

You're only making it worse.

Re:All he said was... (1)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473507)

Making it worse? How can it be worse? Jehovah! Jehovah! Jehovah!

FUCK ALLAH! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25472873)

Fuck Allah!
Fuck Muhammed!


Come behead me!

Me thinks (0)

arizwebfoot (1228544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472933)

That sooner or later the complete opposite will happen in this country in that you won't be able to speak about religion at all without going to jail.

Re:Me thinks (0, Flamebait)

KnightElite (532586) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473091)

Seems like a generally good idea.

Re:Me thinks (1)

Vagnaard (1366015) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473233)

If I remember well, most socialist country had that kind of law.

Re:Me thinks (4, Insightful)

riceboy50 (631755) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473449)

It's a generally good idea about as much as forcing blacks to sit at the back of the bus was a generally good idea. Seriously, how did that remark get marked Insightful?

Re:Me thinks (-1, Troll)

zentinal (602572) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473475)

Perhaps Sara Palin is a secret mod.

Re:Me thinks (1)

Altus (1034) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473631)

yea... any day now its going to be illegal to talk about religion in this country. we will be locking up priests and ministers left and right.

Re:Me thinks (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473641)

Many religions are never satisfied. Unless they dominate, they are oppressed (because they are the TRUTH, after all). Even when they do dominate, they are ever-vigilant against heresy, because, after all NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION.

Human rights do not apply to all humans (-1, Troll)

I.M.O.G. (811163) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472955)

Other parts of the world are different! Full story at 11.

Re:Human rights do not apply to all humans (2)

VoltCurve (1248644) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473103)

Really? Human rights don't apply to everyone? That means we can kill them then, right? I mean, for real killing, not a village here or there, but all of them. Why not?

Just think (0, Flamebait)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 5 years ago | (#25472961)

This would be happening in America if Christians had their way.

Re:Just think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473617)

Anybody who simply mods parent down in a reactionary way is obviously a) one of the Christians he's talking about, or b) not watching enough news lately.

I actually saw an interview a few days ago of some "average" American whose words were something *very* similar to: "I don't care about his policies and if whether they're good or bad for the country, all I care about is that the next president fears the Lord, and God will take care of me and my husband no matter what McCain does to the economy".

Real bright.

1) Say you're a reborn christian
2) Run for office
3) PROFIT!!!

Re:Just think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25474291)

You are a cringing, fearful little person.

grumbles (1)

ArcSecond (534786) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473053)

Good thing Canadian troops have been dying in Afghanistan year after year to defend and support this regime. It would be a shame if we let radicals take it over, or if it became corrupt, or if Afghanis went back to growing poppies.
Nope. Everything is hunky dory. Stay the course!

Re:grumbles (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473473)

Just a note:
Radicals would be a lot worse.
They are better off.

I'm not trying to convince you to change your views, just pointing that out.

Don't discount the whole effort for one bad thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473559)

So just because it didn't turn into Utopia overnight, you are ready to call the whole effort a bust?

Jees, a lot of gains have been made. In fact a tremendous amount - especially in the area of gender rights. This is just one cherry-picked example of something that hasn't gotten better.

yeah but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473059)

It's really AMERICA where everything is bad! Yeah, take that DAD!

20 YEARS for blasphemy!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473073)

This is madness!

Re:20 YEARS for blasphemy!? (4, Funny)

Remusti (1131423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473235)

Madness? No, THIS IS AFGHANISTAN!!!!

Sorry, couldn't help myself

As a Canadian (3, Insightful)

nightfire-unique (253895) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473093)

This is the government my countrymen are fighting and dying for?

No thanks.

Re:As a Canadian (3, Interesting)

ArcSecond (534786) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473219)

Agreed. And I used to be in the infantry. If they were accomplishing something worth dying for, I wouldn't have a problem with the sacrifices Canada has made. But when you look at the kind of power structyre that were are being asked to support, it turns my stomach.

Re:As a Canadian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25473753)

But when you look at the kind of power structyre that were are being asked to support, it turns my stomach.

And what's the alternative?

People high in American Government publicly said that if there was a credible strong-man (aka dictator) that they could have installed in Afghanistan or Iraq, they would have done it just to quell the violence and return order to the region.

The USA essentially imposed Democracy on those two Countries. It is intensely naive to expect the social and cultural values of those people to be drowned in a flood of Democratic principles.

They hate us for our freedom, that we gave them (4, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473221)

Obviously we must fight to overthrow this oppressive government that we set up!

Sony just laid off all their female employees (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473359)

In other news, Sony corp announced today that they will be laying off every female employed by the company. In a press release, a spokesman for Sony explained that this is part of their ongoing efforts to be less offensive to culturally sensitive peoples around the world.

Sony has also announced plans to eventually halt any product lines that require electricity to operate.

Re:Sony just laid off all their female employees (1)

Hellpop (451893) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473645)

You forgot about cancelling games with mutated cows.
Oh, wait, that was Microsoft... Oh, well, no real difference there anyway.

Re:Sony just laid off all their female employees (1)

Eberlin (570874) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473759)

Man, I thought I was pretty bitter about LittleBigPlanet getting delayed. Actually I still am. Hey Sony, I'm part of a culture that doesn't like paying exorbitant prices for stuff like music and software...when do you start catering to OUR group?

What does this have to do with tech news? (1)

Matt Perry (793115) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473439)

Seriously. What does this have to do with "your rights online" or news for nerds?

Re:What does this have to do with tech news? (5, Insightful)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474339)

Perhaps it falls under "stuff that matters".

Re:What does this have to do with tech news? (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474393)

You must be new here...

In Other Afghan News (1)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473513)

A goat and a 10-year old boy were deflowered all in the name of Mohammed....ALLAHU SNACKBAR!!

blasphemy? (0, Offtopic)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 5 years ago | (#25473775)

The Queen is a man, man!

Ronald Reagan was a nitwit politician!

The Global War on Terror is a crock!

Enough with the "maverick" bullshit!

We used burn them at the stake (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474265)

In Salem Massachusetts. They're more civilized in Afghanistan.

Re:We used burn them at the stake (3, Informative)

wfstanle (1188751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25474445)

Actually, they were not burned at the stake, they were hanged and one man was pressed to death.

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