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Karzai Pardons 14 Yo Afghan Suicide Bomber

From those fans of terrorism at Reuters:

Pardon for child ‘suicide bomber’

KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) — A 14-year-old would-be suicide bomber from Pakistan, caught while on a mission to blow up an Afghan provincial governor, was pardoned on Sunday by President Hamid Karzai…

Rafiqullah’s father, a poor tradesman from South Waziristan in Pakistan, had sent his son to a religious school, or madrassa, to learn the Koran. Later, when he asked where his son was, the teachers there brushed him off, he said.

Then last month, the 14-year-old was caught wearing a suicide vest on a motorbike in the eastern Afghan city of Khost.

“Today we are facing a hard fact, that is a Muslim child was sent to madrassa to learn Islamic subjects, but the enemies of Afghanistan misled him towards suicide and prepared him to die and kill,” Karzai told reporters, his arm on the boy’s shoulder.

The boy and father bowed their heads as Karzai spoke.

His family thought their child was learning Islamic studies. That is not his fault, nor his father’s, the enemies of Islam wanted him to destroy his life and those of other Muslims. I pardon him and wish him a good life,” the president said.

“You are now free and forgiven by the people of Afghanistan,” he said turning to the boy and smiling…

Kabul officials say many of the suicide bombers and Taliban fighters are recruited from impressionable youths in Pakistan’s madrassas and sent across the border to kill…

What a touching story.

Although it’s a shame Mr. Karzai isn’t quite so forgiving of the US soldiers who accidentally harm civilians.

But after all they are in Afghanistan trying to help establish a representative government and civilization in general.

Their intentions are as noble as the overly pious Muslim terrorists.

His family thought their child was learning Islamic studies.

It sounds like he was.

One wonders if he has been offered a full scholarship to Yale yet.

Or do they only welcome unreformed terrorists?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 15th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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