Why are we defending this Afghanistan?

Jihadist terrorism must be confronted and killed and that means the U.S. must be in Afghanistan, which for decades has, along with Pakistan, provided safe haven for the Osama bin Ladens of the world. Billions of U.S. dollars and the blood of thousands of young American men and women have been spent to that end in Afghanistan.

But what are we to do with the reality of Abdul Rahman and Sayed Mussa, Afghans who converted from Islam to become followers of Jesus Christ and for which both have been confronted by the Afghan government with the death penalty?

Rahman escaped death only because of the intervention on his behalf of the U.S., which spirited him out of Afghanistan to live a life of of anonymity elsewhere to be safe from Muslim fanatics who take seriously the Koran's injunction to put to death all who forsake Allah for the Christian, Jewish or other gods.

Mussa has yet to be so saved. He faces the death penalty for conversion and at this point there appears to be little likelihood that he will be spared that fate. His plight is the subject of a front-page story in today's London Sunday Times, but its unfortunately behind a pay wall, so I can't link you to it.

Politico's Mike Allen, however, offers these excerpts from what appears to be a devastating look into the truth about the Afghan theocracy being propped up by U.S. blood, treasure and arms:

“Said Musa, 45, is being held in a prison in Kabul where he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by fellow inmates and prison guards. Musa, whose left leg was blown off by a landmine in fighting in the 1990s, specialises in rehabilitating fellow landmine victims.

“He was detained eight months ago as he tried to seek asylum at the German embassy after an order by President Hamid Karzai to purge Christians. … Musa's ordeal began last May when a television station broadcast pictures of other Afghans being baptised in Kabul. …

“Karzai instructed the head of Afghanistan's spy service and his interior minister to 'take immediate and serious action to prevent this phenomenon,' according to Waheed Omar, his spokesman. … In desperation, Musa wrote to human rights groups, embassies and US President Barack Obama …

“Following pressure from the American embassy, the authorities moved Musa to another jail, where he now sleeps in the corridor outside the head guard's office to avoid further beatings. … His requests for a Bible have been refused. …

“Western groups have deliberately remained silent because they fear that any public campaign could further infuriate a government that increasingly blames foreign interference for the country's woes.”

And yesterday's edition of The New York Times also carried an important story on Mussa and the plight of Christian converts in Afghanistan. The Times notes that U.S. officials are trying to find a solution that will spare Mussa's life:

“Embassy officials have been quietly trying to find a political solution that could allow Mr. Mussa asylum in another country. But after months of intermittent measures by diplomats to free him, Christian advocates and members of Congress are growing frustrated, not least with the larger issue of underwriting an Afghan government that has not ensured religious freedom.

“'We cannot justify taxpayer dollars going to a government that allows the same restrictions on basic human rights that existed under the Taliban,' two Republican members of Congress, Representatives Trent Franks of Arizona, co-chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, and Doug Lamborn of Colorado, wrote in a letter last fall to Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry, urging stronger action.”

The Examiner's Diana West also has a detailed look at this issue, including more specifics about Mussa's case and the implications for U.S. military campaigns in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world against terrorism.

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