WHY WE FIGHT
LOS ANGELES--American soldiers serving in
After President Obama's coming "Afghan surge"
there will be 72,000 soldiers in
The Afghan women's rights group RAWA has repeatedly told
anyone willing to listen that there hasn't been much improvement for women and
girls since the
Liberal Democrats who cling to
The Shiite Personal Status act applies only to devotees of
the Shia branch of Islam, which account for between 10 and 20 percent of the
population. How can a secular democratic state have different laws depending on
a citizen's faith? The answer is: It can't.
The new law requires women to have sex with their husbands
at least once every four days unless they are sick or menstruating.
"Obedience, readiness for intercourse and not leaving the house without
the permission of the husband are the duties of the wife," reads the law
of a nation ostensibly invaded by
Afghan Senator Humaira Namati calls the rape bill
"worse than during the Taliban" and said it was rammed through
parliament without debate. "Anyone who spoke out was accused of being against
Islam," she said. Several hundred women protesting the law on the streets
In fairness to the responsible male legislators, they did add a provision to protect Shiite women from "dead bed": Afghan men have to put out "at least once every four months."
Karzai signed legalized rape into law in order to appease right-wing legislators in an election year. After international criticism, however, he began backpedaling with the lamest of all possible reasons: he didn't read the bill before he was for it.
"I was not aware of what I had signed," Afghan parliamentarian Sabrina Saqib said Karzai told her. The legislation "has so many articles," Karzai told CNN. "Now I have instructed, in consultation with clergy of the country, that the law be revised and any article that is not in keeping with the Afghan constitution and Islamic Sharia must be removed from this law."
As Karzai BSes for the cameras, hundreds of Afghan women
languish in prisons around the country. Their crime? They're teen brides, some
as young as 10, who ran away from much older husbands who purchased them.
"In President Hamid Karzai's
Nice theocracy you got there, Mullah Karzai.
Remember this column the next time you watch a flag-draped
coffin returning from
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