Has he forgotten Khomeini?
Fallujah has instituted Sharia in its pure form. Does this surprise anyone? Disappointing, but not really surprising, is Powell’s remark, which contradicts earlier ones from Rumsfeld. From WND, with thanks to EPG:
The comparison to Afghanistan under the Taliban is not coincidental.
Many of the clerics who have taken over Fallujah either studied in Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia or were urged to adopt the Taliban example.
As a result, women must cover their hair and faces. If they don’t, they are beaten in the streets. Naturally, beauty parlors have been shut down.
Men have been ordered to grow beards and barbers have been warned not to shave customers. Indeed, the barbers have been given strict guidelines on what kinds of haircuts are permissible.
Those selling or imbibing alcohol are now flirting with death. Already, several dealers have been flogged naked in the streets of Fallujah in full view of passersby. A man found drunk in Fallujah was also beaten to a pulp. …
Last month, Secretary of State Colin Powell said the United States would not object to an Iraqi theocracy.