So, I am sure you will have read that an Afghan bill allowing a husband to starve his wife if she refuses to have sex has been published in the official gazette and become law.
The original bill caused outrage earlier this year, forcing Afghan President Hamid Karzai to withdraw it. But critics say the amended version of the law remains highly repressive. They accuse Mr Karzai of selling out Afghan women for the sake of conservative Shia support at next week's presidential election. The law governs family life for Afghanistan's Shia minority.
Just a few points here.
The IDEA that Afghanistan can become some sort of latter day neo Jeffersonian democracy is a non-starter. This is a land where Islam prevails (99% Muslim) and it is therefore impossible to balance the dark ages pathology of THAT faith alongside our concepts of a freedom loving democracy. I have consistently opposed this "Nation-building" attitude that so obsesses our weak minded governments.
We should be clear that our military are in Afghanistan to kill Taliban and Al Queda Jihadists and stop them regrouping in any way that could ever threaten our freedoms again. The idea that building schools and hospitals will win hearts and minds when such hearts and minds function under the Islamic crescent is just delusional. And so this latest Bill proves. Have a look at Miss Afghanistan in the image above and ponder at how modernised Islam has become. It's 10th century modernism eleven centuries later.
It's impossible to civilise Islamic law. We must dispense with this nation-building project and concentrate on nation-defending - OURS. I remain 100% supportive of the mission to crush Islamic terrorism wherever it is to be found. That is worth the sacrifice of British and US lives in that foreign land. But can we seriously suggest that our soldiers are dying for the right of an Afghanistan man to starve his wife? C'mon - let's be serious here. We are at war with Islam yet that's what our leaders refuse to accept. Until they do, the mission in Afghanistan will remain unfocused and more malignant laws like this will flourish.