Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tasliban Hangs Seven Year Old Boy

Here are two takes on the murder of a seven year old boy by the Taliban, a Muslim faction bent on imposing their brand of Islam on all of humanity.  while this barbarism seems extreme to Westerners, it is accepted by a larger number of Muslims. 

June 12, 2010
Snips and Snails in Sarwan Qala
By Jeannie DeAngelis

"What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy dogs tails." That 19th-century nursery rhyme fills the reader with visions of dirty faces, backwards baseball caps, toothless grins, and pockets loaded down with snips, snails, and tails. The poem encapsulates the immense source of pleasure a little boy can bring to the world just by being a boy.

Fresh out of first grade, seven-year-olds can tell time, are beginning to read, can perform a respectable somersault, and are more aware of the world around them. In America, boys are fitted with helmets before learning to ride a two-wheeler, love to go to the batting range to practice hitting sliders, and are expert at playing "Animal Crossing" on Nintendo DS.

Seven-year-old boys may act tough, but they are known to fret and can be fearful, especially at night. According to child development experts, boys of seven are "often afraid of the dark[, and] a flashlight by the bed is a great comfort." Around that age, little boys "like to be tucked in" and read a story, and they still "take a favorite toy to bed."

With that in mind, one can only imagine the terror a small boy experienced after being "abducted from the village of Heratiyan" in the Sarwan Qala area of Afghanistan. Coddled in a womb of safety, American children couldn't even fathom the frenzied horror of being held against their will and then publicly executed at the hands of Taliban soldiers.

A favorite toy for boys in the seven-year-old age group is the Ultimate Spy Watch. Youngsters can pretend to "keep intruders and other spies in the dark about missions and secrets, while decoding messages and keeping a careful watch on enemies." Tragically, the little boy kidnapped from a remote village by Taliban militants wasn't wearing a spy watch or playing pretend when accused of being a mole, tried by a mock tribunal, and "found guilty of working for the government."

Probably still sweaty from playing tag on a dusty Afghan playground, the tyke, unsure of what was wrong, was dragged kicking and screaming to a neighboring village to stand trial for the crime of colluding with President Hamid Karzai's government.

The biggest worry American boys struggle with is the decision over what color fluorescent lacrosse socks to wear and whether or not to get a buzz cut for the summer. The level of fear gripping the heart and mind of any person being held captive by Taliban soldiers, let alone a seven-year-old child, is hard to envision and even more excruciating to comprehend.

Confused and terrified, did the child weep hysterically for his mother? Pushed forward by the butt of a gun, where was he held? How long did the frail frame of a child quiver in fright before the trial took place?

Was the boy beaten, kicked, and abused by turbaned Taliban soldiers cursing in Pashto through yards of black fabric? Face swollen and muddied from dirt and tears, did the child drift and doze curled up in the corner of a mud-walled room, on a grimy floor littered with empty shell casings?

In America, seven-year-olds spooked by the dark can depend on Moon in My Room to ease boyish fears. In Afghanistan, the first-grader likely spent the night twitching and sobbing. In the morning, roused from fitful slumber, with tousled hair and rubbing eyes swollen shut, the drowsy child was probably shoved roughly toward a sun-drenched, open-air court jammed with chanting terrorists adorned in bullet belts and armed with AK-47 assault rifles.

How did it feel for a kid, whose only cheers should be those heard from the sidelines of a sporting event, to see an angry crowd screaming in support of garroting him from the branch of a tree? What words filled his little ears as he was condemned to die? Did the boy even understand what was happening, or was he searching desperately for the face of his parents in the mob?

And here is the underlying reason for the hanging of a child:


Taliban Murders 7 Year Old Boy to Punish Grandfather
Religion —
By Arnold Vintner 
on June 11, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Abdul Woodod Alokozai, a tribal elder in the Afghan village of Heratiyan, recently spoke out against the Taliban and make positive statements regarding the government of Hamid Karzai.

In response, local Taliban militants grabbed Abdul’s seven year old grandson from the garden where he was playing and hanged him from a nearby tree.

The murder took place not far from the location of a recent Taliban attack on an air ambulance which was evacuating British casualties. An American Pave Hawk helicopter was shot down and all four crew were killed while attempting to rescue the ambulance.

Islam is often cynically referred to as the Religion of Peace. It appears that the young boy has now found the only peace that Islam has to offer.