PAKTIKA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN – Who you vote for is your business. I may not agree with your choice but I won’t harm you for making it.
We live in increasingly divided times when extreme opinions on either end of the political spectrum dominate the polls, the media and the voting booth itself.
This gulf in cooperation across party lines can be seen most clearly in the United States where supporters of former president Donald Trump stormed The US Capitol in January of this year when their preferred candidate lost to President Joe Biden.
Their actions were despicable to say the least but at least they were stopped before they could cause too much harm. Hopefully they have learned that violence is not the best way to show political disagreement.
The Washington riot non-withstanding, we in the West are largely spared any form of serious violence when we exercise our right to vote. We can even feel fairly safe professing our political opinions publicly without suffering deadly consequences.
The same can not be said for all countries in the world.
On this day in 2004
Seven people, including at least three government employees, were executed by suspected Taliban terrorists near the Pakistan border in Afghanistan. The victims, who were all from the same family, were travelling in the same car when they were stopped by armed men who demanded to know their political allegiances.
They were asked if they supported President Hamid Karzai and his government, and when they said yes they were killed on the spotRegional Commander Mohammed Hassain
A democracy only works if its citizens are able to voice their opinions without fear of execution. Let’s hope the people of Afghanistan are able to enjoy a functioning democracy some day.
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