I could watch this video up to the 0:09 mark and no longer, but maybe there are people out there who can stomach this stuff better than me and watch the whole thing. It's the very real and public face of Sharia law in Swat (link courtesy commenter Somethingrichandstrange). I can't warn you sternly enough about how disgusting this video is, so please proceed with caution.
Does anyone actually believe that this girl actually tried to commit adultery? As Arif says, the much more likely explanation is some long-bearded motherfucker wanted to get busy with her, she resisted, and he decided to use the institutional powers bestowed upon him by this crackpot legal system -- if it can be called that -- to get his revenge.
Remember, kids: these are our people, bravely standing up to the tyranny of the West, and all they want is for US forces to leave Afghanistan.
UPDATE: Courtesy reader Tazeen in comments, this article in The Guardian has more on this video. Evidently this girl's crime was that she walked out of a house with a man other than her husband -- if you believe Taliban spokespeople, that is. Then there is this priceless quote from the story:
The woman's brother is among the men pinning her down, she added. "It's symbolic that he does it with his own hands. It gives him honour in local society, that he has done it for the sake of religion."
Is there anything left to say?
UPDATE II: The government of Pakistan -- or three quarters of it anyway -- has sprung into action. President Zardari has "strongly condemned" the act. Prime Minister Gillani has promised an inquiry into the incident, though what exactly they will be inquiring into is beyond me. And since the return of Iftikhar Chaudhary really means the return of Suo Motoness, we have a bench on the Supreme Court looking into the case.
On the one hand, it's easy to dismiss all of this as grandstanding, and I am inclined to do exactly that. Plus, one could politely tell the government that the way to avoid these situations is not to form inquiry commissions that write meaningless reports on the incident, but to not cede whole swathes of Pakistani territory to people who believe that the only problem with the episode was that it took place in public.
On the other hand, faced with a choice of a government not giving a crap about this at all, and a government actually taking notice, I'll gladly take the latter. Small victories, I know, but that's what we're used to around these parts.