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Yemeni Prisoner Muhammad Salih Dies At Guantánamo

Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Salih (also known as Mohammed al-Hanashi), a Yemeni prisoner at Guantánamo, has died, apparently by committing suicide.

Anyone else wondering whether his family will ever gét justice?

For those still hopeful of what US and western democracies have to offer, please spare some time and investigate what Islam has to say about the treatment of prisoners of war. If you get that far, please let me know what treatment you prefer of POWs – the Islamic one that dates back centuries or the current secular one made up as we go along.

Look forward to hearing from you.

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Is a Life Sentence for the Austrian Who Raped Daughter enough?

The 73-year-old fathered seven children with his daughter while he kept her locked in a cellar for 24 years, one of whom he admits having murdered by neglect.

As much as some may hate me for saying this, as far as I’m concerned, rape is a crime that if proven warrants nothing short of the death penalty. I’ve already posted my thoughts on the punishment system of Islam on my post FAQs against Islam #3.

The question I can’t help but ask in this instance and directed towards those who are dead against the death penalty regardless of how heinous the crime is: is a life sentence for this Austrian father a sufficient punishment?

Why should Pakistan fight America’s War?

Attention all democracy lovers: this post is dedicated to you.

The US’s latest strikes on Pakistani territory killed 12 people. Local people report that many were women and children, but I suspect most people reading this will dismiss these as unconfirmed reports.

It’s hard to count accurately the number of lives taken by the US strikes (most of which have previously been carried out by unmanned planes). But I think we can safely assume there were at least a few innocent civilians killed by the US’s terrorist army. Washington and its clones would probably class this as ‘collateral damage’, but I would ask any decent person out there: Why should Pakistan even risk the life of a single civilian in a war that doesn’t serve its interest or purpose? Why should the Pakistani army be deployed to attack America’s enemies? And why oh why should the government be expected to do so when its people don’t want to?

To the democracy pundits: is this not a violation of your sacred democratic principle that the people decide? Isn’t this the reason why America’s at war with Iraq and Afghanistan- to establish democracy? And since the westerners out there are so confident of their democracies in their own countries, that they seem to want to tell the rest of the world to get in line, why don’t you go and convince your democratic governments to leave Pakistan alone and stop meddling in its affairs, domestic or foreign?

If the Pakistanis want peaceful relations with the Taliban, then so be it, and the Pakistani government should accept that. And before any of you come back on this one with raging comments, please consider how your own governments support numerous dictatorships: Uzbekistan is a good example, although trust me, there’s plenty more where that came from.

I’m actually quite sick of the way the media has been reporting this. All this emphasis that Pakistan’s new government’s greatest challenge is to keep away the terrorists… Will someone please educate the journalists and let them know that Pakistan never had this problem before. It had other problems yes, but it has always had amicable relations with this neighbour. It’s the US that has created this problem and it’s not going to go away unless the west stops sticking its nose in the business of other countries. So any westerner reading this, please tell your respective democratic governments to keep away… oh and please let me know how far you get.

Thanks.