really, pres. karzai?!

January 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment


photo extracted from nbc nightly news video

a 10-year old afghan girl named spozhmai was forced by her elder brother, who is a taliban commander, to wear a suicide vest and blow herself up at a military checkpoint across the river.

when she found the water too cold, as the story goes, she refused to cross the river. this caused the brother to remove the vest from her body and to take her home where her father beat her up. she escaped in the middle of the night and surrendered to the local police in the morning.

upon hearing the incident, president karzai ordered the interior ministry to reunite spozhmai with her family after getting assurances from them in front of local elders that she would be allowed to live like a normal child.

i’m not supposed to pre-judge, but i wonder if pres. karzai made the correct decision on this matter. for somebody who doesn’t understand the culture, i think spozhmai is toast (pardon the pun) with or without the suicide vest. after all, she brought shame to the family for refusing to be a martyr. for her sake, however, i hope the president was right.

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