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Afghanis Protest Execution of Woman

A rare display against the fist of radical Islam

Two weeks ago, the fatal shooting of a woman accused of adultery was caught on tape, leading to protests in the capital of Kabul on Wednesday.

Dozens of Afghanis took to the streets in support of women’s rights (who ever thought ‘Afghani’ and ‘women’s rights’ would ever appear in the same sentence?), a small but very hopeful indicator that at the very least people in that part of the world are starting to think for themselves.

Local police say the Taliban carried out the execution but, believe it or not, they are denying it.

There was a time when the Taliban would have taken credit for female executions they didn’t even commit. They would take every opportunity to instill as much fear as possible. Now, in one week, they have distanced themselves from Al Qaeda and denied a shooting, in what sounds like the start of a hopeless PR campaign.

With any luck, this brave public protest will lead to another and yet another, until dozens grow into thousands.

More from the AP at the Navy Times.

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