I came across this article in our local fish wrapper and was a bit surprised. The local bird cage liner seldom has any articles pertaining to islam, muslims and when there is one it is pretty well sanitized as to not offend the hordes of the politically correct, multicultural and diversified. There are way too many of these types here in this part of the Northwest.
It seems that the locals in
RAGASTAN, um, I mean afghanistan, are quite upset that the sanctity, the holiness, the sharianess of the turbans most men wear is being violated. How can a turban and turban wearer be violated, you might be wondering?
They are being asked to remove them for inspection to make sure there are not any explosive devices hidden under or in the wrappings of the turban. Of course we know that muslims would never even think of doing such a despicable thing to bring honor dishonor to one self, the prophet mohammad and the really big guy, allah.
Why should any of us be surprised by this? Most in the counterjihad are aware that such tactics like an IED stashed in a turban has been abused for quite some time. If a woman in burqa thinks nothing of hiding an IED under her body bag she is forced to wear(under islamic sharia law), then why wouldn't a male do the same thing under his turban, or in a muslim child's backpack?
Here is the cheeky part; many muslims blame it on us from the United States or the western world. Since this is how the majority of them feel towards us, then we should bring ALL our troops home, cut off every cent of every type of AID we give out to the entire muslim world. We still have a few allies who really do like us and have our back, the ones who still support us in spite of what the first muslim illegal alien potus has done to so many of our allies, tossed them under the bus of dope and change. These allies are the ones who deserve our aid. I am very serious about this, about eliminating ALL aid to any muslim country period, no exceptions. Not one more drop of American soldier blood should be shed on account of ANY two bit bassackwards muslim country. Let them fend for themselves. It is time for us to take care of ourselves back home and take very special care of EVERY military man and woman when they return to their homes, here in the States.
Searches of turbans, symbols of identity, rattle many Afghans
By Alissa J. Rubin
KABUL, Afghanistan — Straight-backed, his bearing almost regal, Malik Niaz, 82, entered the Afghan president’s compound this month proudly wearing his best turban: a silk one from Turkestan in the north of the country, gray and black and white, its long tail draped gracefully over his shoulder.
He watched in disbelief as the guard asked the elder ahead of him to remove his turban and lay it on the table. Niaz, who had journeyed more than eight hours on rugged roads, shuddered.
“That made us so embarrassed, and it made me so sad,” he said. “I felt dishonored when the guard said,” he hesitated, as if even recalling the words upset him, " ‘undo your turban." ”
“I had wanted to see the president,” he added, “but after that search, I thought it would have been better if I had not come.”
The turban-searching rule at President Hamid Karzai’s presidential palace has been rigorously enforced since the assassination of the head of Afghanistan’s peace process, Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was killed by a bomb hidden in the attacker’s turban.
It was the third such killing in four months, leading youths in Kabul to coin the word “Turbanator” and U.S. soldiers to invent the acronym TBIED, for turban-borne improvised explosive device.
The other two instances were the killing in July of Kandahar’s senior cleric as he prayed in a mosque, and a few weeks later the killing of Kandahar’s mayor.
The searches are deeply disturbing for most Afghan men, as the turban here at once signifies one’s religious faith and is a national dress — not to mention being something of a fashion statement.
Turbans are worn across the Muslim world because the Prophet Muhammad was believed to have worn one, and they are especially favored by imams and mullahs.
In Afghanistan, a deeply pious country, usage is broader, with dozens of styles and colors. There are ones made of synthetics from Pakistan that cost about $20, silk ones from Herat that cost twice as much and ones made of more luxuriant silks from the north of Afghanistan that cost still more. However, most turbans in Afghanistan now — and in the pre-Taliban era — are subtle grays and charcoals, deep olive greens, lighter soft greens and browns.
On the back streets of Kabul’s central bazaar, where the turbans are sold neatly folded, thin as a pamphlet and wrapped in torn pages from old glossy magazines, many turban wearers are so angry about the situation that they blame the Americans. Before their arrival, intrusive searches were unknown.
“My father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, my prophet wore a turban, and that’s why I wear it,” said an older man, looking irritable at the question, adding: “Who brought these turban bombers and turban searchers? You did,” he said angrily, referring to Westerners.
Many clerics take a more contemplative view. Faith transcends costume, and a man can pray in any outfit as long as the prayer comes from the heart, but it is an honor to God to dress properly, said Abdul Raouf Nafee, the mullah at the Herati mosque in central Kabul.
As an example, he talked about butchers: “Even if their clothes are dirty with blood, they can pray and God will accept their prayers, but it’s kind of disrespectful. God likes beauty and organization, but he will accept your prayers,” Nafee said.
There is also a darker view of turban attacks: that the bombers were so distraught that their turbans’ holiness no longer mattered, and that they were forced to use any means available to take revenge on the Americans.
“Is it wrong to respond to the killings of the civilians that you do with your drones, that shoot from the air and do not even have pilots?” asked Hajji Ahmad Farid, a mullah and a conservative member of Parliament from an insurgent-dominated area of Kapisa province, near Kabul. “Think about why a man blows himself up: Some foreign soldiers go to his house and accuse him and tie his hands and dishonor him and search his wife and his daughters, and this poor man is just watching and can do nothing.
“When a man has lost his dignity, he does not care about his shawl or his turban.”
When we lose American men and women soldiers in any such country, we here in the United States lose ALL respect for any muslim country that stoops to such lowlife tactics.