Creative Destruction

March 28, 2006

Abdul Rahman

Filed under: International Politics — Adam Gurri @ 12:37 pm

What do you guys think about this whole thing?

I thought Dean's World had a pretty reasonable take.

there were those who said this entire case is illustrative of how evil Islam is, and how awful the intervention there has been. What utter nonsense. Had this poor bast*rd been caught by the Taliban, he'd have been summarily executed by a kangaroo court. We likely wouldn't even know his name, or we would have had to find it out through Amnesty International rather than the Associated Press.

Instead, while we may not approve of putting someone on trial for his religious beliefs, at least this guy got judged by a real court, in full public scrutiny, with a defense attorney, AND, the elected government of Afghanistan felt that it should answer to not just its nearby theocratic neighbors, but, also to its fellow democratic nations, including governments from places like France, Germany, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

(…)Read that all as an indictment of the eville moooslims if you like. I read it as a country that is emerging at astonishing speed from the 12th century into the 21st.

It's one perspective. When I first heard about the incident, I was depressed. When he was let go, I was less depressed. I think I'm pretty close to Dean on this one; no one was actually executed and everything was done in the full light of public scrutiny.



  1. Isn’t that the same name as the cleric behind the first WTC bombing? Seriously, can’t these people come up with some more names?

    Comment by bazzer — March 28, 2006 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  2. Aw, c’mon–how many Smiths and Friendmans and Dave’s have we got? 🙂 Every group tends to get repetitive with their naming. It’s easier than thinking up more of them, right?

    Comment by Adam Gurri — March 28, 2006 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  3. Speak for yourself, Adam. =-P

    Comment by offcolfax — March 29, 2006 @ 10:18 am | Reply

  4. Well, I do intend to name my son “Pancake”. But that’s only because I figure he’ll have to achieve greatness in order to overcompensate.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — March 30, 2006 @ 1:19 am | Reply

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