Caught this gem from rediff.com:
The sex scandal that has brought down CIA chief David Petraeus may be causing heartache in the Washington security establishment but the affair has prompted laughter among the Taliban.
Petraeus resigned last week to pre-empt revelations of an affair with his married biographer Paula Broadwell, bringing to an end a glittering military career that included a spell commanding NATO forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
A stony-faced Taliban official burst into laughter at the mention of the Petraeus affair during an interview with AFP in northwest Pakistan this week.
"... But all Americans are the same, it's nothing new," the official said, who did not want to be named.
The Islamists dealt harshly with adulterers during their brutal 1996-2001 rule in Afghanistan, dishing out public floggings for offenders.
The traditional moral code of the Pashtuns, the main ethnic group the Taliban draw their members from, also demands severe punishment for adulterers.
"From a Pashtun point of view, Petraeus should be shot by relatives from his mistress's family," the Taliban official explained.
Well, I'm glad something got them to laugh. They were taking themselves too seriou
How much does a leader's moral standing affect an army's (or nation's) efforts to win the "hearts and minds"? Quite a bit, I believe. Especially in developing countries, which tend to have more conservative cultures, a leader is one to be respected on all dimensions, including the moral dimension. Petraeus' affair diminishes his (and therefore the US's) moral standing.
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