Hey Obama et al, why poke around the Afghani caves looking for evil doers when you can find them governing? According to the NY Times, a law has been “approved by both houses of Parliament and signed by President Hamid Karzai” that does the Taliban’s work for them. (The post to the left says: Prisoners aren't always behind bars.)
One provision makes it illegal for a woman to resist her husband’s sexual advances. A second provision requires a husband’s permission for a woman to work outside the home or go to school. And a third makes it illegal for a woman to refuse to “make herself up” or “dress up” if that is what her husband wants.
Translated, that means men can legally rape their wives, women are prisoners and husbands have their fetishes enshrined in law. Ironically, the law is only to be imposed on the Shiite community, that minority which particularly suffered at the hands of the Taliban. (This poster says: Never takes freedoms for granted.)
The miracle is that Afghani women have been demonstrating on the streets for two days running, despite, according to Amy Goodman, being “pelted by stones” by crowds of violent men. Meanwhile, Karzai dines at the table of Western best-buddies.
Obama is taking on Afghanistan as “his” war. No one I know thinks this is a good idea. Other empires have tried military “solutions” in Afghanistan without positive issue (as in iss-you, not ish-you). If Obama is concerned with human rights in Afghanistan, he should know that these won’t be achieved through inaccurate drone bombers and a plethora of police trainers.
Well, that’s Afghanistan, right? Couldn’t happen here. Let us not under-estimate our home-grown fundamentalists. Sarah Palin has managed to unearth a Talaban-ish nominee for Alaska’s Attorney General – guardian of the state’s law. This right-winger, Wayne Anthony Ross, brags about putting his initials (WAR) on his Hummer’s vanity plates and crows that his wife, poor thing, drives around with MRS WAR.
But it’s not his accessories that are the problem. Perhaps he has been secretly training in Afghanistan for this momentous career move. According to Max Blumenthal:
However, his nomination was thrown into grave peril when his opponents presented evidence that he called homosexuals "degenerates," hailed the "courage" of a student who lionized the Ku Klux Klan, vowed to undermine the sovereignty of Native American tribes, and allegedly defended men who rape their wives.
Blumenthal further reports that the lobbyist Leah Burton who works on domestic violence issues…
...submitted a letter to the Alaska State Judiciary Committee claiming that Ross publicly defended spousal rape. According to Burton, ... Ross allegedly declared during a speech before a 1991 gathering of the "father's rights" group Dads Against Discrimination, "If a guy can't rape his wife, who's he gonna rape?"
Despite feminist organizing since the 1970s against violence in the home, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights only established marital rape as a human rights violation in December 1993.
Perhaps Obama, rather than impotently bombing suspected terrorist hide-aways, would do better to get Karzai and Palin in a cave together with a few human rights experts who might simply talk them through the issues. If that fails, perhaps Palin's fans among the Radical Lesbian Aeriel Hunters might try their luck.