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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Another Triumph for Bush's Diplomacy

Well, well, the blogosphere got itself all in a lather the past few days regarding an Afghani Islamic court that threatened to execute a man, Abdul Rahman, for converting to Christianity. Many brave words were written and of course the administration was denounced for not taking a sufficiently hard stance against this emerging atrocity. See, for instance, Michelle Malkins rant and links to other posts here.

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.

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.

Read it here.

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.

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