This is, I think, a watershed moment. The American people will bear a great deal of sacrifice, but only on behalf of principle. If, after our liberation of Afghanistan, a man may still be executed for being a Christian–or a Jew, although to my knowledge that case hasn’t arisen–there is no logical basis on which our government can continue to request the ultimate sacrifice from its most devoted supporters.
Or to put it another way, if the efforts of Condi and others to prevent Rahman’s death aren’t ultimately successful, then it’s a pretty safe bet that Jim Geraghty’s tipping point may have tipped entirely.
Update: Michelle Malkin adds, “Not sure why President Bush wasn’t on the line. But at least someone called”.
Update: As that eminent philosopher Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend once wrote, meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Michelle notes that senior Muslim clerics in Afghanistan warn that if the Afghani government caves in to Western pressure and frees Rahman, “they will incite people to ‘pull him into pieces.'”
The tipping point is about to topple over.