Jail for Translators

Tom Bowden points to a disturbing article by BBC News:

An Afghanistan appeal court has upheld 20-year jail terms for two men who published a translation of the Koran.

The prosecution said the translation contained mistakes and called for the defendants to be executed.

The men were convicted of modifying the Muslim holy book into Persian while not including the original Arabic text. … The men plan to appeal to the country’s highest court. …

Meanwhile, the appeal court reduced the sentence of the owner of the print shop which published the book from five years to 15 months, time which he has already served.

Three other men, charged with trying to help Zalmai flee the country, were sentenced to just over seven months, also time already served, according to the AP news agency.

Notice that the “criminals” are Muslims who were attempting to promote Islam.

Jail for translation “mistakes?” The threat of death? In an alleged court of law? It’s hard even to know what to say about this, except that the participants in this grotesque mockery of justice are barbarians suffering from self-induced lunacy.

Bowden points out that the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, not to establish a government based on individual rights, but to protect the ability of the locals to brutalize one another under religious “law.”