I vividly recall President Bush using as justification the invasion of Afghanistan that America was saving the women of that nation from the barbarous rule of the Taliban and from now on they would have equal rights with those of men. The Afghanistan parliament has quietly passed a bill which allows Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husband’s sexual demands. It also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers and requires women to secure permission from their husbands in order to work. According to Human Rights Watch, “it also effectively allows a rapist to avoid prosecution by paying ‘blood money’ to a girl who was injured when he raped her.”
To those in America who believe we are fighting to protect democracy in Afghanistan, let me publish an excerpt from the law: “Tamkeen is the readiness of the wife to submit to her husband’s reasonable sexual enjoyment, and her prohibition from going out of the house, except in extreme circumstances, without her husband’s permission. If any of the above provisions are not followed by the wife she is considered disobedient.”
How about informing the Afghanistan government we are packing up and allowing them to handle the Taliban unless women rights are protected? Why the hell should American men and women risk their lives to support this oppression of women?