The apocalyptic rhetoric was perhaps a bit premature. AP reports this morning:
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence, and he will be released soon, an official said.Read it here.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice phoned Karzai last Thursday and asked for a "favorable resolution" to the case. Karzai also heard from Pope Benedict XVI, who urged Rahman's release out of respect for religious freedom.
Could this be considered another triumph for Bush's diplomacy, defusing a potentially explosive situation and resolving it in a reasonable way? I think so, and applaud him and Secretary Rice for their successful resolution of a dangerous situation. But then, they've done it so often that you sort of expect it.