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April 03, 2009

Canadian soldiers are dying for this

Afghanistan's two houses of parliament have passed a law limiting the rights of Shia women. The new law explicitly permits rape in marriage.

It denies Afghan Shia women the right to leave their homes except for ‘legitimate’ purposes; forbids them from working or receiving education without their husbands’ express permission; weakens mothers’ rights in the event of a divorce; and makes it impossible for wives to inherit houses and land from their husbands, even if husbands can inherit property from their wives.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 3, 2009 06:54 AM


Get them out now. Just have the drones ready to bomb the training camps as necessary.

Posted by: Occam's Carbuncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 3, 2009 10:52 AM

I've been waiting to see if this is yet another in the endless stream of bad-news "look what the Afghans are doing, even after they've been civilised!" NGO reports. Reports that typically get dismissed or disproven a week or two down the road.

If this gets substantiated by the Afghan government then it will indeed be time to reevaluate the focus, goals and methods of the mission.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 3, 2009 07:40 PM

And if it *is* substantiated, bringing everyone home will not help matters any. It will simply speed up the rate at which the Taliban reacquires its former homeland.

A more active, Roman approach to occupation government will be more likely to stamp it out.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 3, 2009 07:43 PM

Seems pretty straightforward to me, that as soon as we skedaddle, the warlords that "side" with us and the current president and his people will revert to something less than democratic and modern. I say we either leave with pretty specific rules being handed down to the Afghanis that we shall shock and awe them into the stone age if they don't burn the poppy fields and allow for basic rights or we set up for long term, dictatorial overlordship.

These people live in another world of their own made-up reality and will never allow for western style democracy or human rights thanks to Islamic Fundamentalism.

Posted by: gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 4, 2009 03:11 PM