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Women Back Under Wraps With Taliban Vice Squad

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Women in Afghanistan are back to square one with the Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice on the prowl.

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Blue B (855)
Tuesday July 25, 2006, 8:33 pm
This could only happen in THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AFGHAISTAN created by GeeDumbya Bu$h!t

C G (63)
Thursday July 27, 2006, 12:08 am
It's amazing, though unfortunately not surprising, that lost in all the reporting of the horrible injustices taking place throughout the Middle East, is the ongoing oppression of women. I do not believe it is inconsistent to strongly attack America's policy in the Middle East, particularly its invasion and occupation of Iraq, without holding a country that oppresses its women responsible for its own actions. To patronize them by shifting their own shameful decision onto others, even to such a desirable target as Bush, is to enable such continued human rights abuses against women.

Madeline KN (5)
Thursday July 27, 2006, 2:08 pm
I would like to state that women are not oppressed in all, or even most, Muslim countries. Look at how many women are abused in America, why are we not considered "oppressive to women?" In muslim countries like Turkey women have become Prime Ministers...even in Iraq a woman was Saddam's major weapons scientist. A veil/hijab/cheddorah is not always a symbol of oppression (unless they are forced to wear it as they are in Afghanistan).

C G (63)
Thursday July 27, 2006, 5:58 pm
I never meant to suggest that women are only abused in Muslim countries. IThat would be racist and absurd. Woman are abused by Americans, Germans, Israelis, Palestinians, Nigerians, Japanese,etc. They abused by Atheists, Buddhist, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, etc. The point I'm making is that if a country decides to institutionally oppress women, as the Taliban did in Afghanistan, and as the new government apparently is aiming to do, it is responsible for its own actions, not the United States or any other country. That is akin to saying don't blame the man who abused his wife because he was under tremendous pressures in his life.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 27, 2006, 11:18 pm
I agree with Madeline KN. Women are abused throughout the world. In many Muslim countries women can afford or are given higher education such as in Saudia Arabia, Jordan, etc. There are even poliemen and ministers who abuse their wives, so it definitely doesn't happen to a certain group.

Blue B (855)
Thursday July 27, 2006, 11:29 pm
Wasn't it the George Bu$h regime that helped to establish and support the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN?

C G (63)
Friday July 28, 2006, 2:34 am
Actually, the Taliban were shooting women in stadiums before George Bush. As the article states, women and human rights groups are concerned that the new government in Afghanistan is starting to revert back to the kind of oppression institutionalized by the Taliban. This means that things have actually improved AS COMPARED to the Taliban regime. So I would be careful to use this line of argument to attack Bush. Does this mean I think Bush is responsible for this improvement for women in Afghanistan since the Taliban? Hell no!!! This credit goes to the people of Afghanistan. Which was exactly the point I was making. If a country treats its people humanely it is responsible and deserves credit, if it oppresses its people it is responsible and deserves condemnation.
I'm sorry that I must be doing such a poor job communicating my point about the state of abuse and oppression of women throughout the world. I thought I was very clear that I also agreed with Madeline KN that women are abused equally throughout the world and I also agree that women enjoy great freedom in secular Muslim states. The problem is when countries set up fundamentalist Islamic states, in which case it is institutionally impossible for women to be free.

Mary G (46)
Friday July 28, 2006, 8:00 am
Part of GW's stated agenda was to liberate the people from the tyrany ofTaliban, especially the women from the Taliban. We did not really stay to do that, we left to start "liberating Iraq. All I'm saying is if you start something, it may look good at first but you leave and it's back to the same ole same ole. You can start a lot of things on the road to betterment, but it takes more than a bomb and gun to change societal traditions. On the other hand, in this time of transition, why couldn't the women take a more active role in their own defense?

Past Member (0)
Friday July 28, 2006, 8:21 am
Patt, omg, why you hate this much? The evil goes beyond business and personal conveniences, history follows a clear path, we may dissent on decisions,speak out our personal vision, but jesus...give yrself some relief,feed yrself with some more truth.... sorry..dont want to offend...have a good day

Mary G (46)
Friday July 28, 2006, 9:55 am
"OMG" Mario, why are you so angry.? I really think we should stick to the topic and not get too inflamed at any one person by using such personal statements. Now, the content of the article really is about oppression. The author chose to give an update about Afghanistan and not the world in general, or women in general, just Afghanistan. Why? My guess is there is an international force there that is losing a hold on the situation. Should we go back in? We don't have enough FRESH troups to do it. I will leave with this: How could anyone tolerate wearing something like a burka without dying of the heat?

Past Member (0)
Friday July 28, 2006, 10:08 am
angry? did i sound so? well, nope. hehe. but i havent seen many burkas down in it must be that this kind of oppression doesnt belong there,nor to their way or culture .just to tell what i see. if i missed something then tell.
Burkas belong to a weird education ,the way to solve the issue is education again, but it takes a while,if ever ,
in between there will be some guns talking aloud. not nice ,i see.
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