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Women's Rights in "Liberated" Iraq

Neocons are fond of claiming that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have "liberated" 50 million people. Here's what Dick Cheney said:

"Just in this administration, we've liberated 50 million people from the Taliban in Afghanistan and from Saddam Hussein in Iraq -- two terribly oppressive regimes that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of their own people."

The BBC has a report on what life is like for women in "liberated" Iraq:

The chief of police in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, Maj-Gen Abdul Jalil Khalaf, has warned of a campaign of violence against women being carried out by religious extremists.

It has, he said, included threats, intimidation and even murder.

"There is a terrible repression against women in Basra," Gen Khalaf told the BBC.

"They kill women, leave a piece of paper on her or dress her in indecent clothes so as to justify their horrible crimes."

Forty-two women were killed between July and September this year, although the number dropped slightly in October, he said.

Sure doesn't sound like life in a "liberated" country if you ask me.

And what we are seeing is just the beginning. Eventually, the curtain of Shiite extremism will fall over all of Iraq that is under the control of the Shiite militias. So that's just about everything south of Baghdad and outside of the Green Zone.

The vise grip of these extremists will take a generation to loosen. In the meantime, women in places like Basra will be beaten, tortured and murdered for having the audacity to dress as they please, pursue education and engage in meaningful work.

All brought to you by the neocons and George W. Bush.

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Comments (2)

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Ironically women in Saddam's Iraq, even in Basra, had much more freedom and libery than they do in present Shiite Basra, 2007...another of the consequences of the American invasion and Bush/neo con "ignorance of the strategic, cultural and psychological realities of the region."

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Since we are talking about women's rights, it would be nice if we could bring some other of our Arab allied countries up to the 18th century, in particular, one that happens to be the Bushie$ and Caryle group favorite, Saudi Arabia. Another BBC story, in which a woman gang raped 14 times appeals her sentence of 90 lashes and receives 200 lashes instead, because she was dragged from a car, that wasn't her family's.

But when the Saudi royal family comes over, our leaders continue to embrace them warmly, even though 15 of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis, and most of the terrorist funding came from the royals. If Hillary gets to the oval office, maybe she could make a small difference, at least less grovelling, if she is really sincere about pushing women's issues. Condi didn't get very far or try, and of course Bush is practically family with the Saudis.


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