The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband's house... Shivering in the cold air and blinded by the flashlights trained on her by her husband's family, she faced her spouse and accuser. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn't run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Later, he would tell Aisha's uncle that she had to be made an example of lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing. The commander gave his verdict, and men moved in to deliver the punishment. Aisha's brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose. Aisha passed out from the pain but awoke soon after, choking on her own blood. The men had left her on the mountainside to die. This didn't happen 10 years ago, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. It happened last year.
Anonymous: I agree with your stand to pull out of Afghanistan but what answer do you give to those who think there will be chaos after our departure and we are therefore obligated to stay? Rep. Alan Grayson: No. There is chaos right now in Somalia (I know; I've been there), and we managed to find our way out of there. What's next, occupation of Burkina Faso?
Anonymous: I agree with your stand to pull out of Afghanistan but what answer do you give to those who think there will be chaos after our departure and we are therefore obligated to stay?
Rep. Alan Grayson: No. There is chaos right now in Somalia (I know; I've been there), and we managed to find our way out of there. What's next, occupation of Burkina Faso?
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