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2012-12-30 Afghanistan
One cloak to rule them all
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Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-12-30 02:48|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [336088 views ]  Top

#1 For 250 years, Masood Akhundzada’s family has protected Afghanistan’s most sacred artifact: a cloak said to have been worn by the prophet Muhammad. Its power drew Afghan kings and presidents and Taliban leaders to a small, blue shrine in a city conquered by Alexander the Great and contested ever since.

By the time Akhundzada inherited the guardianship in 2008, it was an honor that came at a high price. Five previous guardians — his father, brothers and cousins — had been assassinated, shot in their offices, in markets and airports. They were hunted, most believed, for their connection to a piece of Islamic history that the insurgency wanted desperately to reclaim.

An interesting bit of Afghan history I was totally unaware of.
Posted by Glenmore 2012-12-30 08:16||   2012-12-30 08:16|| Front Page Top

#2 So doesn't this make the Cloak an IDOL? What does Islam say about that?
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-12-30 08:28||   2012-12-30 08:28|| Front Page Top

#3 Nope, it's a relic. They were quite the rage in medieval Europe too.
Posted by lotp 2012-12-30 09:09||   2012-12-30 09:09|| Front Page Top

#4 ...and when they look at the label it says "Made in China".
Posted by AlanC 2012-12-30 09:21||   2012-12-30 09:21|| Front Page Top

#5 The man want's the old cloak Miriam, turn on the Old Light!
Posted by Shipman 2012-12-30 09:32||   2012-12-30 09:32|| Front Page Top

#6 "The fight between the Taliban and the Afghan government as much a war over symbols as territory."

Unfortunately the consensus among the Western political class has been that the 'enemy' is not to be engaged on the battlefield of ideas at all.

'Infinite Justice' wasn't PC and even the Mosque that was the birthplace of the Taliban is being rebuilt using Western taxpayers' money.

The US military burns Bibles as trash, punishes the accidental burning of korans and condemns free speech in the US.

Our military success is intellectually and politically inconsequential because Western leaders want it to be.

We are not imposing our will on anyone. The enemy is imposing his will on us to an alarming degree.

We're losing in any case so a precipitous withdrawal is definitely the lesser evil.
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 2012-12-30 12:35||   2012-12-30 12:35|| Front Page Top

#7 Ah yes, 1960's Guam Taotamonas + "the Cloak" of the Prophet [2012].
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