Sunday, December 03, 2006

Unconscionable--in anyone's language

As a teaching graduate, I cannot let this pass without comment:

From the Independent:

Disembowelled, then torn apart: The price of daring to teach girls

The gunmen came at night to drag Mohammed Halim away from his home, in front of his crying children and his wife begging for mercy.

The 46-year-old schoolteacher tried to reassure his family that he would return safely. But his life was over, he was part-disembowelled and then torn apart with his arms and legs tied to motorbikes, the remains put on display as a warning to others against defying Taliban orders to stop educating girls.

Mr Halim was one of four teachers killed in rapid succession by the Islamists at Ghazni, a strategic point on the routes from Kabul to the south and east which has become the scene of fierce clashes between the Taliban and US and Afghan forces.
Drawing and quartering a man for the "crime" of educating girls. Like an image from a medieval woodcut, that such a thing can take place in the 21st century almost defies the imagination. "Fascist" is about the kindest word I have for the perpetrators of this unspeakable travesty. This is a crime against humanity in every sense of the term.

Via Dispatches From the Culture Wars. More at Spero News.