Saturday, October 14, 2017

A "Litany of Stupidity" All Around

No one at the arrival press conference asked Mr. Boyle whether his wife had something to say about all that has happened to her. She has remained silent, at least in all the media reports I've seen on this incident.

From the AP story on Boyle's arrival back in Canada:
"The stupidity and evil of the Haqqani network's kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter," he said.

Boyle said his wife was raped by a guard who was assisted by his superiors. He asked for the Afghan government to bring them to justice.

"God willing, this litany of stupidity will be the epitaph of the Haqqani network," he said.

He said he was in Afghanistan to help villagers "who live deep inside Taliban-controlled Afghanistan where no NGO, no aid worker and no government has ever successfully been able to bring the necessary help."

Joshua Boyle before his pilgrimage to help those villagers:

Joshua Boyle and his silent wife after years of captivity:

While I don't want to ridicule someone who has suffered so much, really, what did Boyle think he was doing by trekking with his seven-month pregnant wife "deep in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan"?

And what "necessary help" exactly was he bringing with him? Is he a doctor, or was he packing in a village-load of food or clothing, or digging a well, or doing anything of any use whatsoever? Haven't those villagers suffered enough themselves without having to put up with a neckbeard Muslim wannabe self-described “pacifist Mennonite hippy-child” from rural Canada hanging around them?

I can easily understand why Boyle says, at the end of his statement, that we shall all be judged by the intentions of our actions and not by their consequences. He cannot afford to be judged by their consequences.

Frankly, I wish the Pakistanis had retrieved her and left him there.


Anonymous said...

TSB: Good post! I'm speechless. gwb

TSB said...

I only hope this character fades away from the public scene, and doesn't try to use the tragedy he caused by his own recklessness to springboard some kind of career in foreign assistance.

James said...

People will never fail to make one shake their head in disbelief. Why do women marry convicted murderers on death row? Not answerable. I don't have that much sympathy for her either, she is an adult. The kids I do have sympathy, after all they had to go.

Anonymous said...

TSB: It's interesting that this very worst of the worst fires in California history cannot be blamed on any idiotic humans, but rather only on downed electrical lines and exploding transformers. Fires this hot will melt everything no matter how well it's built and leave nothing but toxic grey ash. So much for "California Dreamin" at $500/sq ft gwb
Dozens Still Missing As Wine Country Wildfires Wane; New Fire Erupts In Santa Cruz

Anonymous said...

TSB: Faith in government institutions is at an all time low in my geriatric generation. Trump would love to release the CIA documents on Kennedy he bows to pressure every other day so that's not likely. I would love to see Roger Stone be right about his theory that it was Lyndon Johnson, the CIA, FBI and a bunch of Russians who killed Kennedy. I'm pretty sure Bernie would have released em. gwb

CIA Urges Trump To Delay Release Of 3,000 Never-Before-Seen Documents On JFK Assassination