We are all, I’m sure, aware of the recent attack and murder of multinational medical workers in Afghanistan. The Taliban have boasted responsibility, and have accused the workers of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. Further, the workers were accused of being foreign spies. The bodies of the workers, six Americans, one German, one Briton, and two Afghans, were returned to Kabul on Sunday. The workers' belongings were ransacked following the killings. Secretary of State Clinton said we Americans and our government were “heartbroken” by these deaths. She made mention of the Taliban “twisted ideology.”
It is not unusual for Taliban forces to grow in fierceness during the Holy Month of Ramadan, which will begin this Wednesday, August 11, 2010.
My point at this writing is that this cruel attack marks a new level of hostility, this at a time when many Americans, many pundits, are advising a winding down of the Afghan conflict. To my knowledge, this is the first instance of persons being killed for their Christianity. The dead here are martyrs to Christian teaching.
In the past, Taliban have killed for non-compliance with extremist principles, for Western lasciviousness, but not for spreading Christian teachings. This should come as a warning. The Taliban, far from embracing our efforts to provide outlets for their energies, have escalated; this anti-Christian prosecution may extend to America, Great Britain, and the Western World.
Our hearts go out to the loved ones of the slain and we must accept that the bloodshed may worsen.