They were too busy out killing women.
Here's a story about a woman accused of adultery brutally murdered in a public execution by the Taliban in Afghanistan in front of a crowd of cheering men, There's no mention in it of what happened to the man involved in the alleged adultery, as if she had committed adultery by herself. However, there's no need to ask what happened to the man because we know that he would never, ever receive the same punishment at the hands of the radical Islamists who think that women are no better than chattel.
Nonetheless, the Reuters reporters, Hamid Shalizi and Amie Ferris-Rotman, were conscientious enough to make an attempt to reach the Taliban for comment. I thought that it was rather like Walter Cronkite trying to reach the Nazis during World War Two for their comments on their death camps.
Anyway, Shalizi did get to the scene of the atrocity, in Charikar, and found some angry people who vowed revenge. And who can blame them?
In the ten years since the Taliban were driven out of power in Afghanistan, important progress has been made establishing women's rights, to an education, voting and so forth. It demonstrates a desire to be free of the lunatic Islamic extremists. So, the question becomes: Do we abandon these women to the insane Muslims, to meet some arbitrary deadline imposed by President Barack Obama to gain political points?
Seems that some Afghans have the same worry. As the story says:
Violence against women has increased sharply in the past year, according to Afghanistan's independent human rights commission. Activists say there is waning interest in women's rights on the part of President Hamid Karzai's government.
Authorities blamed the Taliban for the stoning to death of a young couple in northern Kunduz province two years ago in a crowded bazaar, days after a pregnant widow was flogged and killed in western Baghdis province.
They're afraid that those gains will be traded away to reach some kind of "peaceful" settlement with the Taliban. This cannot be allowed.
By the way, by the time that the reporter was able to make his way to Charikar for the second, follow-up story, the Taliban were reached for comment:
"We have no operational update about this," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.