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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