Exposure to Erich, son of Erich on Twitter has convinced me that as a crazy critter he's right up there with Wild Man Glenn Beck. He shows himself to be a theocrat as well as a fascist with sentiments like this one.
It's true, the Talibanisters will cut off a woman's finger if it's got nail polish, and Erich, son of Erich, would probably just want to break a knuckle or two.
But the differences between the Afghan Taliban and the American Taliban are differences of degree rather than principle. The perceived need to control others' behavior always comes from the same place in the heart.
Also, the Anerican Taliban don't get the opportunity to act out their theocratic control fantasies the way the Afghan Taliban does. And that tells me Allah is merciful...to us, anyway.