Feminists Silent on Iraqi Women
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi government marks a new day for Iraqi women. Thanks to the courageous action by the Bush administration and its allies, Iraqi women have renewed freedom. The administration has insisted women receive educational and small business opportunities, as well as active participation in government.
For months, radical feminists have been silent on the plight of Iraqi women. Instead, this hypocritical bunch have condemned the war in Iraq and its subsequent liberation of women simply because the war is supported by conservatives.
In March, feminists gathered in front of the White House to protest military action against Saddam Hussein. The protest was called "Code Pink: Women's Pre-Emptive Strike for Peace." On the other side of the world, Iraqi women were being denied the most basic rights and freedoms. Iraqi women lived in fear knowing Iraqi law freely allowed male relatives to murder them in the name of honor. In Iraqi prisons, women were raped and tortured for being related to Iraqi opposition activists. Videotapes of the acts were sent to the families.
Despite his obvious human-rights violations and limits on freedom, feminists, led by the National Organization for Women, ignored Saddam Hussein's reprehensible treatment of women. Under Saddam, Iraqi women were not allowed to work outside the home. Feminists, on the other hand, talked about America's "tyrants" and the threat of "tyranny in our homes, our workplaces and our schools."
Radical feminists witnessed a legitimate case of tyranny and violence against women in Iraq, but they remained steadfastly against policies and actions of America and the Bush administration that helped these women.
NOW President Kim Gandy said, "The real terrorism is the Bush administration's disregard for international law and destruction of civil liberties at home. This has become an issue of one dictator vs. another."
Feminists are more comfortable allowing Iraqi women to endure torture than supporting the Bush administration. For example, a report by Amnesty International documented the beheading of 50 young women in Baghdad. The report also said, "The heads of these women were hung on the doors of their houses for a few days." Saddam's son Uday led the group of men who beheaded the women and terrorized their families.
The U.S. State Department reports human-rights organizations receive continuous testimony on the psychological trauma women have suffered after being tortured and raped by Iraqi military personnel.
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Publication information: Article title: Feminists Silent on Iraqi Women. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: August 15, 2004. Page number: B05. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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