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Written by: Diana West
Thursday, April 17, 2008 6:07 AM 

Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh, the 23-year-old Afghan journalist condemned to death for "blasphemy"--argung that Mohammed ignored women's rights--has been granted an appeal by those marvels of light and truth in the Afghan government. I've written about the case here and here, essentially to wonder how and why the United States government had gotten into the business of making the world safe for sharia law, and when anyone would notice. So far, this shameful fact seems to remain a secret between you and me. (It certainly doesn't seem to have occured to the current president or his potential successors.)

Anyhow, Bloomberg has the story here.

"This case is not an anomaly," [press advocate Jean] MacKenzie said. "It is symptomatic of what is happening in Afghanistan, the weakening of power at the center and the rise of local local powerbrokers.

"It's entirely possible that if things continue this way," she continued, "Afghan society will not look that different from the way it was under the Taliban."

Gee, ya think?



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