The Thrust of Freedom

Good thing we got rid of those religious extremists in Afghanistan, huh?:

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which “legalises” rape, women’s groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August. […]

“It is one of the worst bills passed by the parliament this century,” fumed Shinkai Karokhail, a woman MP who campaigned against the legislation. “It is totally against women’s rights. This law makes women more vulnerable.”  The law regulates personal matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and sexual relations among Afghanistan’s minority Shia community. “It’s about votes,” Ms Karokhail added. “Karzai is in a hurry to appease the Shia because the elections are on the way.”

Details of the law emerged after Mr Karzai was endorsed by Afghanistan’s Supreme Court to stay in power until elections scheduled in August. Some MPs claimed President Karzai was under pressure from Iran, which maintains a close relationship with Afghanistan’s Shias. The most controversial parts of the law deal explicitly with sexual relations. Article 132 requires women to obey their husband’s sexual demands and stipulates that a man can expect to have sex with his wife at least “once every four nights” when travelling, unless they are ill. The law also gives men preferential inheritance rights, easier access to divorce, and priority in court. (emphasis mine)

Ok, you have to be some kind of severe weapons-grade capital-A Asshole to so much as have the audacity to propose this in a parliament with women in it.  Clearly Karzai is desperate to have signed it.

But wait a minute, doesn’t the US pay for his security?  Isn’t it because of the US that he’s in power at all?  Didn’t our elite mouth off about women’s rights in Afghanistan, conveniently after dropping focus on the original reason for invasion (capturing Bin Laden) and then running off to Iraq to start another war over what’s turned out to be absolutely nothing?

Imagine it’s shortly after the 9/11 attacks.  You tell someone prior to us going into Afghanistan that in 8 years, we’ll still be occupying the country, we’ll be propping up a ruler that in the end will depend on pandering to religious extremists to grasp any semblance of legitimacy, we’ll be escalating cross-border fighting w/ a chunk of Pakistan — and, oh yeah, Bin Laden will still be alive.  What are the odds that person doesn’t claim you’re insane and/or UnAmerican?

(cross-posted to FreedomDemocrats)


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