Hearts of Darkness

By lex, on August 9th, 2010

The Taliban vision for Nuristan apparently does not include the receipt of free medical care for the locals, if it has to come from outsiders:

Ten members of a medical team, including six Americans, were shot and killed by militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in remote villages of northern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the team said Saturday.

Dirk Frans, director of the International Assistance Mission, said one German, one Briton and two Afghans also were a part of the team that made the two-week trip to Nuristan province. They drove to the province, left their vehicles and hiked for hours over mountainous terrain to reach the Parun valley in the province’s northwest.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press in Pakistan that they killed the foreigners because they were “spying for the Americans” and “preaching Christianity.”

Or maybe they were merely robbed and killed by brigands, who nevertheless spared one Afghan member of the convoy who was able to quote from the Koran.

It’s hard to plumb the depths of such depravity. It is, from our perspective, quite literally otherworldly.

Update: Of course  ** –

The Taliban publicly flogged and then executed a pregnant Afghan widow by firing three shots into her head for alleged adultery, police said on Monday.

Bibi Sanubar, 35, was kept in captivity for three days before she was shot dead in a public trial on Sunday by a local Taliban commander in the Qadis district of the rural western province Badghis.

The Taliban accused Sanubar of having an “illicit affair” that left her pregnant. She was first punished with 200 lashes in public before being shot, deputy provincial police chief Ghulam Mohammad Sayeedi told AFP.

“She was shot in the head in public while she was still pregnant,” Sayeedi said…

The man who allegedly had an affair with Sanubar was not punished.

Head of Badghis provincial council Mohammad Nasir Nazaari confirmed the execution and said the Qadis district was entirely under Taliban control.

For what it’s worth, someone or other in the loosely aggregated Taliban constellation denied that the anyone in the loosely aggregated Taliban constellation was involved.

Medea Benjamin could not be reached for comment.

**  10-08-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

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