Monday, March 20, 2006
The Taliban regime ended in Afghanistan but it seems their legacy is still there. An Afghan man might face the death penalty after he committed a "henious" crime. He converted to Christianity - 16 years ago. Abdul Rahman appeared in court last week and his case is being widely monitored by the local media in Afghanistan.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is what I meant when I said that ballot boxes and happy voters casting ballots are not reminiscent with democracy. A country that doesn't adopt the values of liberal democracy can never be called democratic even if it held 365 elections in a year. I'll give anyone a million dollars if s/he dug in my blog archives and came up with a post where I labeled what happened in Afghanistan, Iraq, and several other countries in the Middle East as "democracy". I have used other terms such as "better state" and "better condition".
I have something that might help you understand the ground we're standing on. Whenever you think of our part of the world, please think of Europe's dark ages. We are still living in the dark ages in spite of previous attempts by some of our bravest intellectuals to snatch us out of it during the first half of the last century.
Now will human rights organizations, the Red Cross, and the UN do something about Abdul Rahman's case besides issuing press releases, or they're busy with Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo?