Drug Trade – In the year 2000 the holier than thou, deeply religious Taliban issued a ban on opium production in Afghanistan which resulted in Opium production reportedly dropping 90%. After the U.S. invasion in 2001 the Taliban had an epiphany and reversed their edict. Apparently, fanatical Muslims and the Koran do not care if you enslave people with opium if it lines their pockets with money.
Afghanistan is now the number one worldwide producer of Opium accounting for 60%+ of the world’s Opium (Heroin) supply. According to Forbes magazine, Afghanistan’s production of Opium went from 640 tons in 2001 to 8,200 tons in 2007.
More than 3 million Afghans, (18%) are involved in the drug trade. It is estimated that Afghanistan’s Opium production now kills 100,000 people annually worldwide. The Afghan’s are in a lot of trouble for this wickedness (Rom. 1:29). It is evil (3 John 1:11) and amounts to sorcery (see Rev. 9:21). In addition, the Afghans that are producing this Opium are responsible for every single death that arises out of that Opium. The Lord Jesus Christ said “thou shalt not kill and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. (Mat. 5:21). These blood thirsty people will shortly appear before the judgment seat of Christ and receive the things done in the body, according to that they hath done, whether it be good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10).
Interestingly, many officials in the current government are suspected of supporting the drug trade. It estimated that the drug trade accounts for more than $2.5 billion annually to Afghanistan’s economy or 50% of its Gross Domestic Product. The target market for Afghanistan’s Opium is Europe, Russia and the U.S. The current Afghan President’s brother continues to be accused of playing a major part of the Afghan drug trade.
Abuse and Mistreatment of Women a/ka/a “We Treat Our Women Like Dogs” – Men in Afghanistan are notorious for abusing and mistreating women.
- According to one study, more than 50% of Afghan women have experienced physical violence and 17% of have experienced rape and other forms of sexual violence.
- The Taliban in particular target women including murdering female civilian school teachers, female aid workers, and all women in positions of power and authority.
- While the Taliban was in power they refused to give basic human rights to women including prohibiting them from attaining an education or working. In addition, they required all women to completely cover themselves from head to foot. Why may you ask? Because the men of Afghanistan are brute animals and cannot control themselves so the women must pay by covering themselves up. Under Taliban rule women could not leave their homes without a male relative, could not speak in public and were prohibited from speaking to males who were not close relatives.
- Another cultural aspect of Afghanistan is that young girls ages 13 and above are given away in the name of arranged marriages to men they may or may not know. They often encounter inhumane treatment at the hands of their husbands or the husbands’ family in the way of beatings and other harsh behavior. How bad is it you might ask? Well how bad would the treatment have to be to set yourself on fire (called self-immolation)? Yes, that is a common problem for the Afghan government – how do we keep our young married ladies from torching themselves because their husbands beat them and mistreat them so very badly.
- According to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department: “More Afghan women are choosing suicide to escape the violence and brutality of their daily lives.”
- Here is the standard for how men are to treat their wives:
1Pet. 3:7-9 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them [wives] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
Absent from the description of how husbands are to treat their wives is “humiliate, denigrate, beat and treat your wives as dogs so they despair of life itself.” In fact, that is not the standard and the husband has the duty to dwell with them according to knowledge, give honor to them and treat them as the weaker vessel.
Eph 5:25-33 Husbands, love your wives... even as Christ also loved the church... So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church... For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh... Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself...
Husbands are supposed to love their wives as they love their own bodies and their own flesh. Do you beat yourself, mistreat yourself, or abuse yourself? Of course you don’t...then you shouldn’t do it to your wives. Husbands and wives are one flesh. It is horrorific and inexcusable how these brutes treat women.
The Islamic culture has an innate belief that males are superior to females and to control social order women must be controlled and forced to stay in traditional roles such as domestic duties. In addition, if a woman desires to attain or does attain to public careers or a stature above a man it is viewed as a threat to society. Therefore, to protect society (from women) men make the important calls for women including life decisions of education, careers, marriages, etc. Any evidence of an independent female is viewed in Islamic cultural as evidence of the loss of male control and the family is then subject to public ostracism.
The “ideal” mate in Afghan culture is the marriage of first cousins but other factors include sustaining and confirming social order, enhancing wealth and power, and increasing control over resources. The economics of marriage is an important element in marriage decisions in Afghanistan. When the transfer of assets is the most important aspect of marriage and not the recognition of the institution of marriage as something to be revered before God, you can bet there are going to be lots of problems. Inner and extrafamily disputes over marriage assets are common. In addition, because large sums of money are often demanded, many men are unable to marry until they are older so it is common for very young girls to frequently marry much older men. Think Mohammad marrying a 13 year old – yikes! Another financial element is when a marriage occurs the bride goes to live with the husband’s family. Unfortunately, often the quality of the dowry the wife brings to the marriage greatly influences how she is treated by the husband’s family. So, if a wife doesn’t have much dowery she is often treated poorly by the husband’s family. Nice.
Here are a few of the headlines:
- “Afghan Girls Burn Themselves to Escape Marriage” - 17 –year-old Shirin had been brought to the Herat Regional Hospital Burns Unit a few days before we met her...In the first seven months of this year, medical staff at the Herat’s burns unit – the only one of its kind in the entire country – said they have seen 51 cases of female self-immolation – only 13 have survived.
- “According to NGOs, 90 Percent of Afghan Woman are Abused” - According to nongovernmental agencies, 90% of Afghan women are victims of domestic abuse.
- “Afghan Woman Ousted from Her Home By Husband Dies of Cold”
- “Father Kills Daughter in Sar-i-Pul Province of Afghanistan” – A father beat his 19-year-old daughter who refused to marry a 12-year-old boy.
- “The Tribulations of Child-bearing Children” – Rabia, 14, is expect her first child almost a year after getting married to Haji Oadullah, aged 49, his second wife. She is supposed to deliver in a few days, but this is her first visit to a health center. She is fortunate...Men often don’t allow their pregnant women to go to hospitals and doctors.
- “Afghan Woman Among Worst Off in World” Afghan women are among the worst off in the world, violence against them is endemic and Afghanistan’s government fails to protect them from crimes such as rape and murder.
Corruption – The government of Afghanistan is seen by many as being one of the most corrupt in the world. Corruption and bribery are an everyday way of life. The current government of Afghanistan lacks credibility because corruption is so widespread.
Amos 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
Psalm 26:9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
Woe unto you when your hands are full of blood, mischief and bribe money!
Murder - Murder is a real problem in Afghanistan. This has been the case for the last 40 years. Murder is seen as just a means to an end instead of a crime against God. Thou shalt not kill is the standard in all civilizations and cultures but in Afghanistan it is not heeded. The Afghans have perfected killing as a norm and a way of life. An almighty sovereign God will require justice at their hands and repay them to their face. Afghans use a plethora of techniques to murder and maim including: suicide bombings, stray gun fire, snipers, road side bombs, mortars, gang style hits and so many more.
Kidnapping, Selling and Trafficking Human Beings – The U.S. government states that Afghanistan is a source and destination country for buying and selling women and children (and men for that matter) for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labor. Here is a quote: “Afghan children are trafficked within the country for commercial sexual exploitation, forced marriage to settle debts or disputes, forced begging, debt bondage, service as child soldiers, and other forms of forced labor. Afghan women and girls are also trafficked internally and to Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman and elsewhere in the Gulf for commercial sexual exploitation. Kidnapping is also a favorite crime of the Taliban.
Polygamy – Interestingly, divorce is highly frowned upon in Afghanistan. So, what is a guy to do if he hates his wife and divorce is out of the question – polygamy of course! Polygamy or having simultaneous multiple wives is permitted in Afghanistan. The standard of one husband, one wife, one lifetime can be discarded like yesterday’s trash. Of late, the practice of polygamy has somewhat fallen out of style, not because it is wrong, but because most men simply cannot afford it. Nice.
If there is a bright spot in Afghanistan it is that homosexuality is illegal and divorce is rare. Yet this does not seem much of consolation when all of the other standards of God are thrown out and replaced with heathen idol worship.