No, actually, it was the Taliban.
This story is yet another illustration of why no responsible American public figure would ever compare any individual or group to the Taliban. There is no Taliban of American politics, and saying that Sarah Palin or Pat Robertson or anyone else is “just like the Taliban” manifests a monumental willful ignorance and moral myopia. “Taliban kill top Afghan policewoman,” from AFP, September 28 (thanks to JE):
Taliban gunmen have shot dead the most high-profile female police officer in Afghanistan as she left her home to go to work, officials and the militia have said.
The attackers were waiting outside the home of Malalai Kakar, head of the city of Kandahar’s department of crimes against women, and opened fire on her car, Kandahar government spokesman Zalmay Ayoobi said.
Her son was said to be wounded in the attack.
“Today between 7 am and 8 am (local time) when she was [in her car] outside her house and going to her job, some gunmen attacked,” Mr Ayoobi said.
“Malalai Kakar died in front of her house. Her son was wounded.”
A doctor in the city’s main hospital said Ms Kakar, in her late 30s, had been shot in the head.
A spokesman for the extremist Taliban movement, which targets government officials as part of an growing insurgency, said that the assassins were from his group.
“We killed Malalai Kakar,” spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said.
“She was our target, and we successfully eliminated our target.”
Ms Kakar, a mother of six, was regularly profiled in international media and was known for her courage in one of Afghanistan’s most conservative provinces….