Sep 4 2009
War hero Ben Parkinson’s family today was upset that mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said that the UK could learn lessons from the Taliban. Mr Davies contrasted the Taliban’s “decent” family affairs with “mayhem” he claims exists in British society.
Ben said he was upset by the claims, while his mum Diane Dernie said it was almost too painful to comment on his suggestion.
In a series of highly controversial remarks, Mayor Davies claimed the Taliban had an “ordered system of family life,” although he stressed he “detests” the religious fundamentalists responsible for the deaths of more than 200 British troops in Afghanistan. The Mayor said: “The one thing to be said about the Taliban is that they do have an ordered society of some sort and that they don’t have hundreds of cases of children under threat of abuse from violent parents, as we have in Doncaster. (They don’t? I guess burning down girls schools doesn’t count?)
The Taliban have burned down over 125 girls schools in just one province of Pakistan, saying that women’s education is ‘un-Islamic.’
“The point I was making was that even a regime as hideous as the Taliban at least appear to have sort of decent sort of family affairs. In fact probably…they have an ordered society. “We in this country have created mayhem through lax social policies of disregard for marriage and the family and we have created mayhem in society.”
Yes, an ‘ordered society’ where for the second time, Afghan schoolgirls were exposed to poison gas.
Schoolgirls and female teachers have become the new favorite targets of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Last year, more than 140 students and teachers were killed, just because they were in school.