Yvonne Ridley, a British journalist and a respected politician, was captured by Taliban in Afghanistan in September 2001. After her release she told the media that she was impressed by the way she was dealt with during her stay in Taliban captivity. The Taliban looked after her very well despite the fact that she was rude to her captors and even spat on them. Impressed by Taliban, she converted to Islam in the summer of 2003. Another women Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani who graduated from MIT, disappeared in 2003 and, finally, found in Afghanistan from where she was, subsequently, sent to a prison in United States. She is presently awaiting trial. This woman, though, was badly treated and abused by her captors while in custody. What she has gone through is evident from her pictures and reports about her mental state that have appeared in the media. Looking at these two cases in contrast, one is constrained to say that the 'Taliban savages' are better than the 'civilized Americans' who never tire of talking about justice and human rights. -DR IRFAN ZAFAR, Islamabad, via e-mail, October 18.