Friday, March 24, 2006

Here is a fact to tuck away about the war on drugs. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia supplies more than half of the world's cocaine and more than 60 percent of U.S. cocaine. That’s some revolution. Fortunately, about 50 of these guys have been arrested and should be extradited to the U.S. for trial.

The Taliban in Afghanistan was also known for financing its operations with drugs. It is interesting they do not mind selling heroin, but do mind if you cut your beard or want to educate your daughter. You have to keep your priorities straight, don’t you?

One thing Muslims, and Muslim dominated governments, do not want you to do is become a Christian. That is much, much worse than becoming a drug dealer. So, Afghanistan is trying to convict and execute 41-year-old Abdul Rahman for becoming a Christian 16 years ago. The Afghan constitution is supposedly based on Islamic Law, commonly known as Sharia. Sharia mandates death for rejecting Islam. I’m guessing they are a little insecure about being able to keep people in the faith.

The U.S. and other Western nations are not too happy about this turn of events, hoping as they were that Afghanistan might join the 21st century. There are four countries with troops in the country, helping stave off the Taliban and Al Qaeda. They are the U.S., Germany, Canada, and Italy. All have Christian backgrounds and Christian populations. Certainly, many more Christians have fought to liberate Afghanistan than Muslims.

The U.S. has made its objections known to Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah while he is here for talks on our strategic partnership. "I know that it is a very sensitive issue and we know the concerns of the American people," Abdullah said. He has, though, tried to maintain that the Afghan government had nothing to do with the case.

The other three nations have voiced their concerns, also.

Afghans seem to be somewhat sensitive to the issue. They are now claiming that Rahman may be mentally unfit and cannot be tried. He is scheduled for a psychological examination. It is a bit of a shame they will go for this dodge rather than stand up for religious freedom.

Unfortunately, this may not be the end of the problem for Rahman. Clerics are calling for Muslims to kill him if the government will not. Their thirst for blood is insatiable.
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