So I received the news about the Obama Administration’s priorities in regards to the marital rape law in Afghanistan via Matt today.
It seems odd to me that “defeating al-Qaeda” is somehow seen as a totally separate quest from ensuring the rights of Afghan women.
Excuse me Barack, but what is it that you think al-Qaeda is about?
I know that us Americans are very much used to seeing the world as being all about us, but the truth is – the terrorists’ top priority is keeping their house in order. They want to be empowered in their own land and women have long borne the brunt of their megalomaniac fantasies. Appeasing them will not magically translate into defeating them.
The U.S. government has long since employed the policy that hey, whatever, rights for the little ladies aren’t important in the grand scheme of things. And yet those “little ladies” are the canary in the coalmine. If their situation is not stable, it’s a sure bet that Afghanistan as a whole isn’t exactly stable either.
This kind of half-assed “uh, rape is bad and all, but, um, yeah” is corrupt, dishonest, hypocritical and maddening.