Afghanistan is, once again, becoming a cesspool of Islamic fundamentalism. I blogged a while ago on prior Islamic extremism rearing its head in the Afghan government, but now, President Hamid Karzai has actually signed on to the latest example of fundamentalism creeping back in, as the AP reports:

A new Afghan law makes it legal for men to rape their wives, human rights groups and some Afghan lawmakers said Thursday, accusing President Hamid Karzai of signing the legislation to bolster his re-election prospects.

Critics worry the legislation undermines hard-won rights for women enacted after the fall of the Taliban’s strict Islamist regime. …

One of the most controversial articles stipulates the wife “is bound to preen for her husband as and when he desires.”

“As long as the husband is not traveling, he has the right to have sexual intercourse with his wife every fourth night,” Article 132 of the law says. “Unless the wife is ill or has any kind of illness that intercourse could aggravate, the wife is bound to give a positive response to the sexual desires of her husband.”

Way to go, President Karzai, keep caving in to the regime that the United States and the Coalition destroyed in order to put you into office. How nice of you.

This comes on the heels of the Taliban being given power over the courts of a Pakistani province. Clearly the US did not do a good enough job of eradicating the planet of the infestation known as “the Taliban.” It’s come back, and perhaps may end up even stronger than ever (if it gains influence over both Afghanistan and Pakistan). How marvelous, also, of the rest of the world to stand by and just let it happen. I guess they don’t see any problem with two nations falling back into the Dark Ages.

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