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(Reuters)   Taliban bans lipstick, nail polish, and chess   ( divider line
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2001-07-19 08:54:32 AM  
What a bunch of thugs. This is religious extremist bigotry to the extreme. It's so sad to see human beings repeating the same errors of the past; it's as if we're trapped in a perpetual loop of ignorance that boils over again and again.
2001-07-19 09:02:36 AM  
playing cards, neckties, lipsticks, nail polish and chessboards,fireworks, statues, fashion catalogs and greeting cards featuring pictures of people, musical instruments and cassettes, computer discs, movies, satellite TV dishes, pig fat products and anything made of human hair, 95 percent of the war-ravaged country, has already banned television, the playing of music and photographs of people and animals.

Cripes! Agreed ToasterThief, this is highly extreme. Maybe I've lived in America too long, but what's left? Woman have to wear certain clothes, men have to grow their beards long? What is up with this? No one should tell another what to wear, how to act, and what they can or cannot read. What, is it a priveledge to live in that country?? Hardly, it sounds more like a hardship to me.
2001-07-19 09:07:25 AM  
I'm betting their WalMart isn't very fun to shop at.

I'm betting if Matt lived there, would be very boring.
2001-07-19 09:09:16 AM  

Come on. Checkmate is a bastardization of Shah Mat - The king is dead.

And guess the area where the original precursor of chess was popular - Afghanistan (way back in ~600)
2001-07-19 09:10:02 AM  
I believe things need to be kept in a balance, else chaos enters the system. That's why no belief system, be it religion or economic system or Star Trek cannot have ultimate power, because that is a system that leads to this Talibarn form of unbalanced power.
2001-07-19 09:11:09 AM  
No chess? Well I hope they don't outlaw Dungeons & Dragons or what will the geeks over there do?
2001-07-19 09:13:42 AM  
....the word is that they're planning on banning eating and breathing next.
2001-07-19 09:13:44 AM  
geeks? there are no geeks over there because there is only one computer in the country and that is on their leader's desk :O
2001-07-19 09:14:43 AM  
Chess=unislamic? I thought the muslims were the ones who invented chess.
2001-07-19 09:17:37 AM  
Maybe the way they play chess it's a game of chance
2001-07-19 09:18:18 AM  
lipstick, nailpolish, and chess are gateway drugs that will just lead their society into harder things like perfume, soap with conditioner, and poker.
2001-07-19 09:23:13 AM  
lol. love the analogy clutch! ;D
2001-07-19 09:27:29 AM  
I wonder how long this is going to last? I see another bloody revolt coming soon.
2001-07-19 09:27:58 AM  
You work for the DEA, clutch?
2001-07-19 09:34:50 AM  
If I worked for the DEA I would be in a lot of trouble. I'd be snorting and smoking all the evidence.
2001-07-19 09:37:10 AM  
Just wondering, you sure seem to insight into their logic.
2001-07-19 09:38:23 AM  
add "...seem to 'have' insight..."
2001-07-19 09:39:50 AM  
The Taliban are a truly scary bunch - I saw a documentary recently on the Beeb by a woman who's father went missing there. The film crew were arrested within 20 mins of entering the first town, having been shopped to the religious police. They managed to save the hidden camera, and showed excecutions that occur regularly on Fridays as the capitals football stadium. Adulterers are shot whilst 'unislamic' scapegoats are hung from the goalposts - all in front of 10,000 men & kids.

Unfortunately these things tend to last a while: the first generation knew liberty originally and so are scared to become one of theose on the football pitch, whilst many in the next generation will be brainwashed and become Taliban 'hitler youth'. They make me sick.

2001-07-19 09:46:27 AM  
But.. but... but... It's a checkers board!

My real thoughts have been expressed by those who came before me in this thread.

2001-07-19 09:51:15 AM  
It makes me angry that I won't be able to order my bestiality videos from Afghanistan any more now that they've banned "printing of pictures of animals". This new ban is disgraceful! I will be forced to order my videos from Quebec where bestiality is more accepted. Damn this Taliban!
2001-07-19 09:53:01 AM  
I dare anyone to say that this stuff wouldn't happen if we had the Christian Coalition in charge of the US.
2001-07-19 10:14:11 AM  
this stuff wouldn't happen if we had the Christian Coalition in charge of the US.

Never could resist a dare.

I hope the Taliban bans Islamic chitheads next and throws themselves into the ocean.
2001-07-19 10:18:09 AM  
Lets not forget that the Taliban have also banned any international relief organizations and restricted health care for women to a point that only those giving birth are allowed medicines.

While at the same time Afghanistan has gone from the worlds leading producer of opium/morphine/heroine to totally eradicating it from the country.

Also lets not forget who supported them in their war against Soviet invasion, the US! Hooray for the CIA! You turned Russia's 'Vietnam' into the world's leading terrorist hang out, nicely played gentleman.
2001-07-19 10:22:49 AM  
MrMe, my thoughts exactly. If only Pat Robertson and related freaks had their way in the word, America be a scary place to live. That is, of course, if you were one of the lucky ones (read: not gay, not Jewish, not aethist, not intellectual, not Catholic, not Muslim, not anything else other than straight white protestant) that actually did not get sent to a "relocation" camp.
2001-07-19 10:23:06 AM  
This just strangely reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Homer is the football coach and he takes delight in cutting everyone he can from the team...

"Milhouse, you're cut. Nelson, you're cut. Wiggum... cut. Martin, you are SO CUT.... lipstick, cut. Nail polish.... cut. Television... cut.... Internet Access... cut..."
2001-07-19 10:27:55 AM  
Yes, DJBotton, and isn't it ironic that it is now the Russians (and other central Asian former Soviet republics)who are supporting their former enemies in Afghanistan to oppose the Taliban? The Taliban is a very small group. Most of the people opposing them now were the ones supported by the US during the Soviet occupation. Not that the Americans and the Soviets didn't do a lot to make a mess out of the place. Now I guess the Afghanis feel that it's their turn to totally fark their own country.
2001-07-19 10:31:37 AM  
Satyr: "I hope the Taliban bans Islamic chitheads next and throws themselves into the ocean."

Everyone point and laugh.
2001-07-19 10:31:51 AM  
Taliban is Afghan for Utah.
2001-07-19 10:34:10 AM  
Nuke em'
2001-07-19 10:35:12 AM  
That's what you get if you let a religion govern a land... It becomes paranoid, gets farked up and starts doing things against human nature. Can't you US peeps just nuke them?? It would save the world from aprox. 80% of the opium production and get away with peeps who have no love for boobies, boobies or boobies for that matter. Ooh, and people who are a little terroristic too.
2001-07-19 10:35:45 AM  
While I won't disagree with MrMe or WorldCitizen about a world with Pat or other Fundies in charege, lets not pretend that life at the other extreme (say Ralph Nader or Jerry Brown) would be much less extreme. The only difference would be which groups and acts/thoughts would be banned. Thank god (or whoever you want to thank) that we have a society that provides balance so that we can be protected from the extremes on both ends.
2001-07-19 10:41:05 AM  
Satyr: I dare you to lick this frozen flag pole.

Jumbotron: I agree, the opposite spectrum (Communism) is just as bad as the CC.
2001-07-19 10:48:10 AM  

Unfortunatley the Taliban is not a very small group, they control 95% of the country because they have 95% of the people in their ranks. Of course they are not all die hard extremeists but the fighting arm are all young men raised without 'education' and indoctrinated into the system of hatred and fear that runs fundamentalist dogma.
Those opposing them are the remnants of the native forces that fought against each other in the mid 80s. The two native leaders who were bitter rivals during the Soviet aggression are now holed up together with their forces in 2000+year old mountain strongholds in the Northern sectors of Afghanistan. The Taliban has tried repeatedly to defeat them but without air power or substantial modern artillery they just get slaughtered by the entrenched defenders. Who are incidentaly funded by the Russian mob in order to keep the drug corridor open. Although now that the Taliban have mainly erradicated poppy production that might end too.
/me gets off soapbox.
2001-07-19 10:49:14 AM  
MrMe: Nyygh.
2001-07-19 10:53:19 AM  
Boy I'd hate to see the Execution Counter for Afghanistan this year... I bet they're blowing Saudi Arabia out of the water!

The article talks about them offing adulterers and what not, but it doesn't say how many.... but I guess we can't be too surprised about them killing infidels and "sinners"...

This particular equation is ALWAYS true:

Religious Extremism = More Executions

Let's hear it for "Killing For Allah"! (Afghanistan's version of N'Sync)
2001-07-19 10:54:15 AM  
Lechas: We would love nothing more than to nuke them back to the stone age --- er, well they're already there so what good would it do?

Has the world so quickly forgotten Hitler's Germany and the Soviet Union? Farkin' A.
2001-07-19 11:01:24 AM  
DJButton: "they control 95% of the country because they have 95% of the people in their ranks."

No, they control 95% of the country's territory. They can rule over the people without the support of the people.
2001-07-19 11:03:52 AM  
They control 95% of the country because they have 95% of the guns.
2001-07-19 11:06:13 AM  
Ok That's it. Taliban out of my uterus!
2001-07-19 11:08:22 AM  
Actually, everything I've seen/read about the Taliban says that they were a small group coming out of the mountainous area from around the Pakistani border. Yes, they control 95% of the country, but it is not unusual for a small group of people to do. Lenin and his gang were also originally a very small group. You can pick up people along the way. The reason I've heard that most Afghanis "support" the Taliban is that they are just in general tired of war, and will just now accept whoever is in charge as long as the fighting stops. And who can really blame them since their country has been in a constant state of war for decades now?
The remaining rebels in the northern part of the country might be funded in part by the Russian mob, but they are also supported by the Russian military, various Islamic states that were once part of the Soviet Union, and even by Iran. You know it's bad when IRAN thinks that your Islamic state is too radical.
2001-07-19 11:13:04 AM  
"they control 95% of the country because they have 95% of the people in their ranks."


The choice for the people under their sphere of influence is 'join us or die.' I made no claims to them controlling the hearts of the people, simply that those who wanted to live toed the company line. And those that don't are featured in the Friday night 'football' shows.
Either way the whole place is headed for trouble. At least they don't have the savvy to recruit/encourage intellectual development in order to further their goals. Current foreign policy towards them is aimed at keeping them contained and letting them self destruct. While occasionally wasting some tomahawks at them to cover up some scandal. (sorry off topic)
2001-07-19 11:38:23 AM  
Those here over 30 may remember a little place called Cambodia and a little group called the Khamer Rouge (sp? sorry). Whoever made the comment about them already being in the stone age is right and its only going to get worse. All the communications infrastructure, utilities, educational institutions, etc will be destroyed and when the people finaly are able to wrestle control back (wacko groups usualy destroy themselves from within due to power struggles) there will be nothing left. Iran approached this in the late 70s and had it not been for the war with Iraq that refocussed their attention away from their "Cultural Revolution" and the oil they have, they may very well have suffered the same fate. I know people that made fortunes going in and installing telephone, water, electricity infrastructure in Iran after the fundies were pushed back a bit.

Wow, that was kinda rambling wasn't it.
2001-07-19 11:43:51 AM  
"Taliban" actually means "religious student". They've been around for a long, long time. And, they've rarely been hated very much. This is just the first time in recent history they've had power. They were supported in their rise to power. There's no way to really know what their approval rating is now, though... anyone who tried to started conducting surveys would probably be executed quite quickly.

Luckily for us, we don't support the Christian Coalition to rising to office, as a whole :) Now, lets go back to removing all of those toxic petroleum-poisons from our national parks :)

-= rei =-
2001-07-19 11:49:28 AM  
Oh yeah, they have tons of cool weapons that were given to them by the U.S. when we supported them during The Afgan Russian thing.
The U.S. is also giving them lots of money because of the Taliban crack down on opium production.
Opium is bad!
2001-07-19 12:02:37 PM  
Here's a headline I want to see "Taliban, Jack Chick ban each other, spend eternity in hellfire"
2001-07-19 12:28:06 PM  
Here's a headline I want to see "Taliban, Jack Chick ban each other, spend eternity in hellfire"

How about "Jack Chick and Fundamentalist Christians Bring Their Guns On Trip to Beat Down Taliban."?

2001-07-19 12:30:51 PM  
And we know the fundies are all well armed as they make up a large bulk of the NRA. Nothing like guns, Jesus, and cutthroat capitalist competion to make your life complete.
2001-07-19 12:51:17 PM  
So why did we intervene in Yugoslavia, but we are staying out of this one?
2001-07-19 12:54:00 PM  
Probably because we intervened there for a decade and looked what happened.
2001-07-19 12:56:21 PM  
Because we can't get inspectors into their country to do a formal human rights investigation without them being executed ;)

Oh, and attacking in the former Yugoslavia was the liberal position. Clinton's not in the White House any more.

What's up with this seeming anti-internationalist approach the conservatives seem to be having lately? First its "we don't care if you hate us, we're going to put up the SDI anyways", and now this...

On the subject of the SDI, its already had the lovely effect of causing a Russia-China nuclear missile alliance. Wasn't that wonderful? These people wouldn't ally with each other against the US during the *cold war*. It took Dubya to accomplish that ;)

I'm just waiting to hear, "Canada signs military alliance with rest of world against United States".

-= rei =-
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