Afghanistan is in the midst of a civil war and has been for thirty years. The status of women is one result of the war, and the other result is the place of women in Muslim culture. We as a nation have an interest in the status of women, but we cannot be the moral enforcer for the world. Afghan women need to figure out how to fight their fight for freedom; while they do that, a lot will die. American woman figured out how to do fight discrimination, but that took 200 years. The NGOs and their supporters are essentially useless in that fight, as they are foreigners who go home and tsk-tsk each other and liberals for money while the women in these societies die. If the writer really cares about women, figure out some way to win the war--then she will have time to try changing Afghani's attitude toward a woman's place in society. Afghan women's idea of where they belong in society is very different than the liberal Western writer's idea of a woman's place in society, so that will be an uphill struggle.
Oct 25 2009 - 12:34am