As I recall back in those distant times when a man named George Bush was president of the United States both he and his wife argued that invading Afghanistan to rid that nation of its Taliban backward leaders would provide safety to the women of that country whose rights had been taken away, even the right to education or medical care. Ah, that was then, and now is now. President Hamid Karzai, the man whose family became not only famous but fantastically wealthy as a result of the office he holds, used to proclaim his devotion to women rights. That was then, and now is now. A new bill passed by the Afghan legislature would make it a crime to allow a relative to testify against another relative. Sounds innocent, doesn’t it?
This would mean that if a woman was being battered by her husband or any other male relative, she would not be allowed to file charges against these men. Heck, the new law would not even allow police to pose questions to the woman as to whether someone was beating the hell out of her. Catherine Ashton, the EU policy leader on foreign affairs put it bluntly: “I am very concerned that this new law would restrict prosecutions for domestic violence and child abuse.”
Yes, we did enter Afghanistan to protect women. That was then and now is now!