While there may be disagreements with what constitutes crimes against humanity, few would challenge the fact that hanging a seven-year-old boy on charges of spying certainly qualifies.
Those few belong to the barbaric Taliban in Afghanistan.
Taliban militants last week took a boy from his village, conducted a kangaroo-type trial and hung the boy from a tree in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. The trial and execution occurred on Tuesday, according to Dawoud Ahmadi, the provincial governor’s spokesman.
Real tough guys.
The boy was found guilty of working for Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.
“The innocent boy was not a spy, but he may have informed the police or soldiers about planted explosives,” Ahmadi said on Thursday.
Although Karzai has not confirmed this wicked deed did take place, he was not recalcitrant in offering his condemnation. “A seven-year-old boy cannot be a spy. A seven-year-old boy cannot be anything but a seven-year-old boy, and therefore hanging or shooting to kill a seven-year-old boy is a crime against humanity,” Karzai told reporters, adding, “I don’t think there’s a crime bigger than that, that even the most inhuman forces on Earth can commit.”
New British Prime Minister David Cameron was told about this horrific act during a stop in Kabul, and responded: “I think it says more about the Taliban than any book, than any article, than any speech could ever say.”
Cameron said the hanging reminds him of Hitler, and held out some hope it may not be true: “If it is, the Taliban is sicker and more evil than I ever imagined possible.”
This little boy apparently was a grandson of a tribal elder. Taliban barbarians have long targeted tribal leaders who dare to support the Karzai government or assist the United States military operations.
This is not the first time for the brave Taliban to kill children. Three years ago, a child was hung in the Musa Qala district on spying charges. Numerous children have died in suicide bombings.
A day after the boy’s hanging, a suicide bomber exploded himself at a wedding party in the Nadahan village in the Argandab district of Kandahar province. The area is considered the Taliban’s spiritual home.
Children were among the dead and wounded according to Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary.
Where is the outrage? Other than Afghanistan leaders and the new British Prime Minister, the world has been silent on the inhuman actions of hanging a boy.
Even though this barbaric act occurred on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State has made no comment about it.
It certainly didn’t take three days for the State Department to denounce Israel’s reaction to the attempted blockade-busting flotilla tragedy where Israel defended its sovereignty.
Efforts to obtain a reaction to this barbarity from the State Department were met with a pregnant pause followed by a promise of a return call. The theme music of Jeopardy continues to play as this is being written.
Dozens of world leaders and organizations couldn’t react quickly enough to condemn Israel for its role in the Gaza flotilla fiasco. Even now, many leaders are clamoring for yet another world investigation into Israel’s actions. Israel is a grown-up country and, like any other grown-ups, should be able to defend itself in the face of criticism, which it will.
A defenseless seven-year-old boy, who by all legitimate religions is considered too young to be able to form a criminal intent in his mind, is tried and executed for helping the enemy, and the world can’t be bothered to care.