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Monday, July 09, 2007

What About Afghan Women Today, Laura Bush?

Afghan women and girls are "traded like currency."

Several years ago in nearby Momand Dara district, a taxi driver hit a boy with his car, killing him. The boy’s family demanded a girl as compensation, so the driver purchased an 11-year-old named Fawzia from an acquaintance for $5,000 and gave her to the dead boy’s relatives, according to the Afghan Women’s Network office in Jalalabad.

Three years ago, Fawzia was shot to death, according to a two-page report kept in a black binder of cases of violence against women.

The story of Malia and the nine sheep illustrates the suffering of girls forced into such marriages.

Where is Laura Bush and her radio address on the status of Afghan women now? And what about the fact that even non-Muslims in Iraq must cover themselves or risk being attacked?

Tell us more about our glorious wars for democracy, President and Mrs. Bush.

UPDATED: Iraqi girls now work as prostitutes in Syria. The "liberation" continues.

I don't understand how Bush and Wolfowitz were so excited about the Iraqis' so-called "secularism" when they don't approve of American secularists. No, yes I do understand. Obviously they just thought that the supposed secularism of Iraqi society (when in fact it was Sunni Muslim) was a blank slate upon which they could write an evangelical Christian future for Iraq. Kind of like how "Buddhism is a way of preparing people for Christ," etc. (Yes, I've actually heard that.)

SECOND UPDATE: Fighting for women's rights in Iraq.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come now Kristine, you never took what Laura Bush said seriously, did you? The treatment of women was of no concern in 2001 when Unocal was trying to get a treaty with Afghanistan to build a pipeline across the country.

I am sure that you were aware of what life was like under the Taliban throughout the 90's. So let us also raise a cheer for Clinton for all the help he also did.

Janine

July 09, 2007 10:35 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

You mean Laura Bush *gasp* LIED?

Oh yeah, I wanted the U.S. to get involved in Afghanistan in the 1990s. We should never have closed down our embassy there.

Clinton wasted his second term. He screwed up royally (and literally). Yes, I think he missed his chance getting Bin Laden too. But remember that the Repubes were saying that he focused (belatedly) on Bin Laden to take the focus off of Monica Lewinsky!

July 09, 2007 10:58 PM  
Blogger Cat's Staff said...

Us Westerners are still in our "days of ignorance" with regards to women. If we just think of women as an "electric appliance or a car", we would know how to treat women right! [ducking :o]

July 10, 2007 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No need to duck, cat, I understand where you are coming from. Being an ex-messenger, I really hate the line; "Kill the messenger!"

Hey, Kristine, I thought I would point this out. Rambo helped to set up the Taliban. In Rambo III, the greatest american hero helped out the Mujaheddin against those evil godless Soviets. And as we all know many of those warlords later became part of the Taliban.

I am so happy I never watched any of those movies.

Janine

July 10, 2007 9:27 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Don't worry, Cat's Staff, I'll just set my cats on you. Go get him, kitties.

No really, get up!

Dang. My cats treat me like a dog.

Janine, some of the Mujaheddin were actually progressive. A couple were *gasp* women. The U.S. chose not to fund those people - the U.S. chose to fund the most extreme fanatics like Gumabuddin Hektamayer, who subsequently declared jihad against U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002. The news media didn't exactly hop onto that story.

July 10, 2007 11:09 AM  
Blogger Cat's Staff said...

Don't forget that James Bond helped the Mujaheddin too. Rambo will make up for it by helping the Christians in Rambo IV: Holy War

July 10, 2007 2:52 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yeah, I'd like to see Rambo get a sex change, don a burka, and go after Osama Bin Laden. (They check, you know, so simply putting on a burka when you're a guy doesn't work.)

July 10, 2007 4:06 PM  

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