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July 12, 2004
Women Progress In Iraq, Still Prey To Radicals Elsewhere

While the new Iraqi nation progresses by including women in its security infrastructure, radicals reminded the world today why the Iraqis are so singular in this accomplishment. The AP reports that "guerillas" -- assuredly Islamofascist militants -- have mutilated a teenage girl for cooperating with authorities in the disputed Jammu-Kashmir state in India:

Guerrillas on Monday chopped off the ears, nose and tongue of a teenage girl they suspected of helping police, while at least nine other people were killed in separate violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The girl was held captive for eight days before the rebels abandoned her in a field outside the village of Manoh, 190 miles southwest of Srinagar, the capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state, police said.

It's helpful to understand the type of people who wish to impose their radical version of Islam on others. Regardless of motivation, people who would commit such an act on a teenager -- or anyone -- are nothing more than bloodthirsty monsters, not people with whom one could reach any accommodation. They cut off her ears, nose, and tongue, and then dumped her like trash to die. I'd call them animals, but no animal I know could act with such malicious cruelty.

And while we're talking about this, why did the AP shy away from identifying the "guerillas" as anti-Indian Muslim radicals? Could it be that the reporter, Mujtaba Ali Ahmad, has some reason to protect the reputation of Islamists in Kashmir?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 12, 2004 3:00 PM

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