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Last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 06:34 am
This AP report, on the burning of Taliban corpses by US troops, sounds a little disappointed:
Though Afghan media have reported on the alleged desecration, the video has not been broadcast and by late yesterday there had been no protest rallies.
Get with the program, Afghans! You’re meant to be outraged! After all, as the article helpfully instructs: “Cremating bodies, even those of animals, is banned in Islam.” The Taliban themselves seem flexible on this, however, so long as the bodies are alive when they’re set afire:
Mahadad, 38, is one of the 12 survivors of last week’s bomb attack by Taliban on a bus that was carrying women election workers and a child near Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Two of the women and the child were killed in the explosion …
Fawzia Mohamadi, 30, another victim of the bombing, said male passers-by shouted as the bus burned. “They were saying, ‘Let them die’,” she said from her hospital bed, where she is recovering from burns to her left leg. “They were shouting, ‘These are women begging for America’s dollars. Don’t help them’. They were holding up our burning sandals and clothes and shouting.”
“I actually believe that the guys who were involved in the burning did it with honorable, you know, reasons. They did it through their orders, or they did it for hygiene. I had no doubt in my mind that they were telling me the truth. If they were doing something that was problematic or controversial, there’s no way they would have shown me this. There’s no way they would have let me go up there and film this.”