MORE PROOF THEY ARE NOT LIKE US
By: John David Powell
The disturbing video (www.liveleak.com/view?i=d07_1341759976)
circulating on the Web is just the latest proof there are people in the world who are not
like most of us who live in the land of the Great Satan: an Afghan woman, alleged to have
been the lover of two Taliban commanders, publicly and brutally murdered.
Not executed. No. Execution suggests the
involvement of some sense of civilized justice. Hers was not an execution. This was
cold-blooded murder in the name of some perverted religious belief and perverse tribal
A few people protested in Kabul, but they will
not change an ancient society that accepts and promotes honor killings and public
executions for non-capital offenses. A few demonstrations will not guarantee gender
equality, respect for other humans, or plain old common decency.
This video is the latest in a plethora of similar
videos, including stonings and beheadings, that populate the results of the simplest
searches. They are easier to find now than they were just a few years ago in the early
days of the Internet. How weird and wild is that?
Readers may remember back in 2007 when this
writer described a mobile phone video out of Iran showing the stoning death of Dua
Khalil Aswad, a 17-year-old Kirdish girl. News reports said religious leaders and male
family members condemned her to death because she dishonored the family by not coming home
one night, apparently spending the time with a Muslim boy.
Other reports suggested they killed her because she converted from Yazidi to Islam.
Regardless of the reason, eight or nine men
dragged her into the street and stoned her for half an hour until she died while a crowd
stood and watched.
Three months earlier, a 13-year-old Pakistani
girl died from mutilation and stoning simply because she danced at a wedding.
Readers may also remember the stone-by-stone
description of a video that became part of the Congressional Record in 1998 when Rep.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) showed the smuggled video (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b1e7e992d7)
of a public stoning of four people in Iran. It is a gruesome account that should not be
viewed by the merely curious or those easily sickened by terrifying images of torture.
About five minutes into the video, a group of men carry one victim wrapped in a sheet to
the center of the plaza. They carefully place the mummy-like figure into a hole as if
transplanting a tree in someones yard.
A couple of minutes pass before men place the second victim into another hole. Then, about
half a minute later, hundreds of men crowd into a circle and begin the execution.
The two white figures writhe as stones hit them from all sides. A man walks up to one shroud and pelts it with
rocks. A stone knocks the cover off the other
person who is face down with head bathed in blood.