Where Have the Liberal Feminists Been All This Time Regarding Subjugation of Afghan Women?
Good comments in response to this post at Blackfive: The Face of Our Ally, as Made by Our Enemy
I agree, our guys are at the top of the “save and protect” list. That’s why so many families have been so infuriated about the ROE, even knowing all the factors and advantages of “courageous restraint.” If it’s us or them, I pick us, even if “them” is an Afghan civilian just working for Taliban money. Even if it means collateral, horrible damage. I pick us, and I don’t think “saving the women” is a reason to fight and put our guys in harm’s way. (Even as a woman.)
That said, we’ve been making this argument about Afghan women for a decade, and the liberal press has dutifully ignored the issue. Why, after ten years, does a major publication all of sudden do a story on subjugation of Afghan women? Where have the liberal feminists been all this time, while their sisters have lived in misery and fear? I’ll tell you where, undermining, mocking and disappearing the very strength and power it takes to free them. Cutting off at the knees the force and the “macho neanderthals” necessary to make that freedom happen. Liberal feminism? Epic Fail. That’s what that cover says. It also says something lib feminists are too dumb to consider: gratitude. Gratitude toward the very western ideals, thought and power — and men –that make their good, free lives possible.
There’s a tendency with the group currently in power to idealize and worship third world cultures and ways as if they’re somehow more noble than ours. Yet, would they choose to subject themselves to those things they praise in such politically correct terms? No.
Egalitarianism for women in the west is possible because we have civilized and reasonable men. Afghan women are dealing with a whole different animal, and even the U.S. military achieving it’s goals there won’t liberate them. They’ll probably have to resort to arms and deadly force. The women, I mean. I say we give all the Afghan women combat training, arm them to the teeth, and then go home. No, we don’t justify our presence over there on the idea of saving Afghan women.
July 30, 2010 at 09:47 AM
One more thing. There was no end to the media bashing on Gen. Mattis’ comment about Taliban slapping their women around, and how that meant they had no manhood left. They couldn’t stop saying what a caveman Mattis was. (No comment on the Afghan men who preside over the punishment of their women.) It’s probably too much to hope for that this article serves as a reality check for that view, but given that, it’s still what’s in America’s interests that should drive our presence there, and nothing else. Frankly, I’m inclined to let the whole lot of them jump in the lake.
July 30, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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