Friday, January 25, 2008

Is This What We Are Fighting FOR?

From the CBC...

"An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam."

Apparently freedom in Afghanistan, the freedom we are being killed to create, means those who insult Islam must die. That is not the freedom I support. I have no problem with Islam, but I do feel people, especially Muslims, should have the right to criticize how the religion is practiced. Has anything really changed in Afghanistan? Are the current rulers any better than the Taliban? Not from what I can see.

I hope that the USA and its' allies use their newfound influence over that nation to push them to reconsider this punishment, and whether what was done is even a crime. Should they refuse I think we should pull all of our troops out of the region. Is this why 78 Canadian soldiers have died so far? To protect bigotry?

I certainly do not believe that we should be dictating to the Afghans how to run their country, but at the same time I do not believe we should be over there protecting them just so that they can murder people who have different opinions than the government. And that is really what we are talking about here, an opinion, something someone wrote.

Canada should especially take umbridge to this. Canada does not have a death penalty, and does not support a death penalty. Why are our soldiers dying to protect a government that is so opposed to our values? It is time for Canadians to call this one quits and come back home where they belong. We are peacekeepers, not defenders of evil.

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