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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

His head is up WHERE?

At the same time President Bush is busy puffing up his personal War on Terror, things are getting out of hand in Afghanistan where teachers are being beheaded by the Taliban for teaching girls - anything.

Bush did not announce anything new after his first visit to the Pentagon this year. Instead, he repeated his arguments for staying the course that were his major focus at the end of 2005.

That is not a surprise. What is a surprise is that he can still put a positive spin on being so out of control, and in the wrong place. While we're burning up national resources like a prarie fire in Iraq, the Taliban is coming back into control in Afghanistan.

Four men stabbed Malim Abdul Habib eight times late Tuesday before decapitating him in the courtyard of his home in Qalat, said Ali Khail, a spokesman for the provincial government of Zabul, where the attack took place.

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There has been a series of attacks on girls' schools and teachers across Afghanistan since the Taliban regime fell. In October, gunmen killed a headmaster in front of his students at a boys' school in southern Kandahar province, the former stronghold of the Taliban regime.


Now, I suspect we would all agree that such activities by the Taliban are heinous and should not be tolerated. But I would suggest that it is the decent Afghanis who need to fight this, even if we do help them.

However, America is not the world's policeman nor it's arbiter of moral standards. (Bush himself has personally seen to it that NOBODY considers our example to be worth following any more.) And if we are going to try to hold that position, then we need a better way of attempting it than our current government is capable of doing. Apparently, we need a better way than Bush is capable of even imagining.

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