Taliban barbarians wipe out Christian medical team in Afghanistan

One of the ten team members that included six Americans was  New York optometrist who has spent more than 30 years providing medical aid. The team was wantonly murdered after hiking more than 10 hours over rugged mountains to care for isolated Afghan villagers.

The Taliban--Moslem extremists--proudly announced their executions thusly:

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the AP that they killed the foreigners because they were "spying for the Americans" and "preaching Christianity." In a Pashto language statement acquired by the AP, theTaliban also said the team was carrying Dari language bibles and "spying gadgets."

Is there still any question about who our enemy is, whether there or here? Should we show the same kind of tolerance to the Muslims that want to build a mosque at Ground Zero? 

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  • Murderous violence in the name of religion is an old and sad story in human history. The Muslims have no singular option on it in human history. How many people calling themselves Christians died because they supported Arius or Athanasius? In the Inquisition? In the Crusades?

    Having said that, I have the greatest respect and warm feeling for the thousands of people calling themselves Christians who do what this medical team was doing in Afghanistan. In work with the U.S. Agency for International Development I have encountered Christian volunteers in the High Andes, the Amazon Basin, in Guatemala, in Jamaica, in Haiti. They weren't trying to convert the people they helped--they were there to help the people with medical care they would otherwise never get. In the Amazon Basin there were Christians (often husband-wife teams) who devoted decades of their lives to learning a tribal language so they could translate the Bible into that language. Yes, rhey did intend to make Christians out of the members of the tribe; at the same time, however, they gave the tribe a written language that they had never had. A good thing to have when the timber companies and oil companies come poking into tribal land.

    The Afghan villagers served by this medical team will miss them sorely. Put the team's fate down to another example of murderous violence inspired by religion.

  • What don't you understand about the word "infadel".These are not people to reason with.Take the gloves off of our troops and let them do the job they were trained to do..

  • In reply to waterbill:

    Waterbill is right--we can't reason with rhe Taliban. They are religious zealots and they only listen to what they believe their god tells them. Nobody wants to say it--not Obama, not the military, not Dick Cheney--but the fact is that we are no longer fighting a War on Terror in Afghanistan. We are fighting a religious war against a fundamentalist Islamic sect. That has been the case for the past several years. The War on Terror aimed to disable a criminal conspiracy of Islamic terrorists, al-Quaida. We crippled al-Quaida's Afghanistan operation. But al-Quida is no longer the people who are fighting us in Afghanistan. Our enemy is the Taliban, who are carrying out a holy war against infidel invaders. The war has been reframed but we have not admitted that to ourselves.

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