How far can obscurantism go?
Taleban militants in north-west Pakistan have threatened to kill girls who attend school. A local Taleban commander ordered parents to stop sending their daughters to school by 15 January. In comments broadcast on an illegal radio station, he threatened to blow up schools which enrolled female students.
From the BBC website:
Although schools for girls have come under attack on numerous occasions in the past, this is the first time Taleban militants have issued a complete ban on girls attending them, the BBC’s Ethirajan Anbarasan says. A Taleban spokesman said the prohibition would remain in place unless and until Islamic sharia law was fully implemented in the region.
The man in the picture — a marvelous photo by Nick Rain — may have nothing to do with all this. But he certainly is a Taleban and for me, his eyes symbolise their blind fanaticism. Being a free-minded man under Taleban rule may not be easy, for women it must be hell.
I know that most normal Islam believers will not be happy with the way the Taleban represent Islam, but why don’t they protest somewhat harder?