Afghanistan passes 'barbaric' law

Ken Morgan

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You know, I understand the cultural differences around the world, some shock me, some I envy, but when I read about laws like this being passed in 2009, in a country we are trying ever so hard to stabilize, I get pissed off. I understand the internal political maneuvering, I understand the internal political power shifts, I really do, but man sometimes.

When I think of the casualties the collation has taken, the tens of billions we have all spent, I feel let down. I want to just say **** it, they want to live like barbarians let them, bring our troops home.

My sons best friend joined the military last week, my nephew joined today, my son is considering it also. When I think they may be putting themselves in danger to help support these medieval peasants, I get very angry.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/14/afghanistan-womens-rights-rape
Afghanistan has quietly passed a law permitting Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands' sexual demands, despite international outrage over an earlier version of the legislation which President Hamid Karzai had promised to review.
The new final draft of the legislation also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers, and requires women to get permission from their husbands to work.
 

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Wait...isn't it the women who do most of the cooking?

"Hey woman! Make me dinner but don't let me catch you sneaking any!"

I foresee a rash of food tampering cases.
 

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I agree. It looks as if their hearts and minds were not changed one bit by their brief taste of freedom. Not one more of us should have to die trying to help them.
 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/wor...own-faces-Afghan-schoolgirls-walk-school.html

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal...hospitalised-for-gas-poisoning_100191621.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7640263.stm


This link below will take some reading I'm afraid, the list of horrors perpetrated against girls and women is a huge catalogue of undeniable cruelty that is frankly unbelievable in this day and age. There are some disturbing photographs in this link too.

http://www.rawa.org/women.php
 

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Of course it's barbaric. It's Afghanistan. And we're not necessarily fighting over there to make them 'free', though that would be a terrific bonus. We're fighting to make it inhospitable to terrorist groups who use it as a base of operation and a training ground. Had the Taliban turned over its al Qaeda guests back in 2001 we would never have gone in there in the first place, and the Taliban would still be happily blowing up statues and enforcing "Bring me a sammich" laws like this one.
 
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