The best part of politics: because they're all screwing us anyway.

Monday, August 22, 2005

So much for spreading freedom

Proving that they like to screw over women abroad as well as at home, the Bush administration has given the Iraqis the go-ahead to sell out women's rights:

Iraqi leaders said they had also reached a tentative agreement to relegate marriage and family matters to adjudication by clerics, an arrangement opposed by secular leaders and women's groups here, Iraqi leaders said.

The tentative agreements on Islam were brokered by the American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, according to a Kurdish negotiator who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the delicacy of the talks. The Kurdish leader said that in both cases, Mr. Khalilzad had sided with Shiite leaders in backing a more expansive role for Islam. That, the Kurd said, angered many of the secular-minded Iraqis who have been fighting for a stricter separation between Islam and the state.

Julien's List has the scoop on what the rule of Islamic law would likely mean for Iraq:

Women will:

1. Not be allowed an education (even writing or reading in most cases)
2. Not be allowed to drive
3. Not be allowed to be seen anywhere outside their homes without the shroud of a burka
4. If a woman is raped, she will be the criminal, not the man who raped her
5. Under Islamic law, if a women is even accused of adultery, she is killed - usually by a father or brother or uncle, and this is okay - women are not allowed into a court to defend themselves

Maybe it's about time for Bush to stop bragging about how he helped liberate the women of Afghanistan and Iraq by overturning their governments.

Either that, or maybe it's about time for him to actually demand women's rights in Iraq, because oppression of women indisputably goes hand in hand with poverty and terrorism.

I have no jokes to make about this--it's just fucked up.


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