Bollywood film star, Shahrukh Khan recently commented there was a an “Islam of Allah and there was an Islam for the mullah, but unfortunately in Afghanistan these days the mullahs make decisions and Allah is not present. As the presidential election was drawing near, President Karzai, who years previously claimed to be in favor of equal rights for women, suddenly flip flopped and agreed to a law that makes legitimate non-consenual sex in a marriage because it requires women to “give a positive response”to the sexual desires of their husband. The law was obviously written by a group of mullahs because it does not allow women to leave the house with hubby’s permission or go to school unless the lord and master of the house agrees to such frivolous activities. It is not that President Karzai is an evil man, he simply will agree to anyone or anything that gets him votes. In 2008, he refused to act when a 23 year-old journalism student was condemned to death for downloading an essay dealing with women rights. In fairness, President Karzai did something, he got the sentence reduced to a twenty year prison term. It is for such generous actions by Karzai that American continues its support of the man with the backbone of a chocolate eclair.
Hundreds of Afghan women are beaten by husbands, sexually abused and denied basic rights to an education but Karzai remains America’s favorite ruler in the country. Oh well, as former President Bush proclaimed: Mission Accomplished! The United States is supporting brutalization of women and legalized rape.