Democracy Afghan style 2

From the Clarion Project:

These old men have had their purple-stained fingertips cut off by the Taliban as a punishment  for having cast their votes in an election.

They are in hospital garb. But according to the Clarion Project, they were taken to a hospital after the amputations were performed.

The Taliban cut off the fingers of 11 Afghan men for the “crime” of voting in the presidential election runoff.  The Taliban had warned the population that the punishment would occur and to “remain far away from the polling stations… Lest you should be hurt or killed.”

The men, mostly elders, had exited the polls in the Herat Province with their finger staining in ink, indicating they had voted.

Afghanistan’s Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi said in a tweet that, “The insurgents who were defeated today cut off inked fingers of 11 voters in #Herat” and that the injured were transported to the hospital.

This was “the first time that power will be transferred democratically in Afghanistan”. There was “a higher-than-expected turnout of 52 percent of the country’s estimated 13.5 million voters”. Two hundred polling booths out of 6,365 were “inoperable because of security threats”. Of those who voted, 62% were men, 38% women.

The run off for president is between former Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank economist. One of the two will replace current Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has held the office since 2001.

Until the Taliban surgeons take over the government again.

Posted under Afghanistan, Commentary by Jillian Becker on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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  • Bruce

    Considering how the savages who did this think, and like cutting things off, I’d think a good punishment for them would be emasculation. Especially since they want to get their 72 virgins so bad. Don’t martyr them, unman them. It might make them think twice where the threat of death does not.

  • liz

    Just a few years ago, everyone thought that such barbaric behavior would become a thing of the past. Even Arab countries were modernizing.

    But as the West has declined, (thanks to the leftist agenda), barbaric retrogression has gained ground.