Sunday, February 17, 2008

You mean there's something positive about the Taliban?

Today a suicide bomber blew himself up at a dogfighting festival in Kandahar, Afghanistan, a former stronghold of the Taliban. Kandahar has been the scene of some of the country’s worst suicide attacks over the past two years as Taliban insurgents have tried to undermine the government of President Hamid Karzai. According to witnesses and officials, the bomber killed a local police chief, Abdul Hakim Jan, a number of his guards and scores of villagers attending the event in the Argandab district, just north of the city of Kandahar. The governor of Kandahar province said, “This is the action of the enemies of our country. They do not let Afghans enjoy their lives and have a peaceful life.”

Screw that!!! A peaceful life of watching animals intentionally kill each other for the pleasure of spectators? Idiots traveled miles to see the dogfights, a pastime that was banned by the Taliban when they were in power because it entails gambling. But the fights, involving huge Afghan mastiffs, have returned to much of the country, often sponsored by local commanders and landlords. In some parts of Afghanistan they take place every Sunday during the winter, attracting huge crowds and street vendors.

Bearbaiting in Iran and dogfighting in Afghanistan. It just never ends. And now the Afghan police chiefs are involved. It's all fun and games until somebody gets blown up by a suicide bomber, I guess. In my book that's called karma with a capital "K!"