Journalist's sentence still makes no sense
It's not just newspapers that are dying; it's newspaper reporters — and not the old, crusty variety. Here's just another reason not to go to J-school: A student journalist in Afghanistan was sentenced to death for blasphemy. And this is under the "good guys" — the Karzai regime, which we're supporting to the tune of billions of dollars.
What did this 24-year-old student do? The Guardian (U.K.) explains:
Again the reminder: This is taking place not under the Taliban but under the Taliban's foes, the puppet regime we're propping up.
This is what U.S. troops over there are fighting and dying to preserve and protect: the right of a repressive government to execute people for asking questions about women's rights.
Couldn't Karzai's increasingly conservative regime at least hold off on the executions or imprisonment of "blasphemous" people until we finally leave Afghanistan?