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Is this why we kicked out the Taliban?

August 18, 2009

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A few months ago, Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, drew fire for signing his name to a law which, essentially, obliged Shiite women in that country to have sex with their husbands every four days, at a minimum, without having a say in the matter. This law effectively condoned their rape by removing the need for consent to sex within marriage.

Under much pressure from the West (including President Barack Obama, who called the law “abhorrent”), Karzai, whose tenuous hold on the presidency is due only to the billions of dollars and thousands of American and foreign troops propping up his regime, agreed to put the law under review.

Now, just in time for Afghanistan’s upcoming election, Democracy Now!’s resident Marxist Amy Goodman reported that Karzai has ratified an updated, revamped version of the old law. Goodman brought us up to speed on the new version:

A new law has gone into effect that allows a husband to starve his wife if she refuses to have sex. The law also prohibits women from working without their husband’s permission. Critics of the bill have accused President Karzai of selling out Afghan women for the sake of support from conservative Shiites in this week’s election. The bill also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers, and it effectively allows a rapist to avoid prosecution by paying “blood money” to a girl who was injured when he raped her.

So this “new and improved” version of the law appears to be worse than the old, with married women now facing the possibility of being starved to death if they don’t consent to being raped, and single women being at the mercy of any rapist who can afford to pay their family “blood money” after the dirty deed is done. The passage of this law will, no doubt, give Karzai enough Shiite votes to win the election, and all will go back to 12th century normal in Afghanistan.

For those of you looking for any outrage from Goodman and her comrades over at Democracy Now!, however, you must look elsewhere, as you won’t find any. Goodman, stone-faced and without the slightest bit of commentary before or after the report, delivered the entire story in an expressionless monotone usually reserved for a piece on local traffic conditions.

How could it be that Goodman, who is never at a loss for words when it comes to demonizing America and its ideals, finds herself suddenly unable to find anything bad to say about an evil law that will certainly lead to countless rapes and deaths of innocent Afghan women? Is the passage of this law really less important, say, than the ouster of Honduras’ Marxist dictator-in-training Manuel Zelaya, of which Goodman runs a tiresome, never-ending nightly parade of so-called exclusives?

Pity the women of Afghanistan, as the message from Goodman seems to be quite clear: you’re on your own.

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4 Comments
  1. RDVSR permalink
    August 18, 2009 6:48 am

    Does Goodman have a husband? Probably not. If she does she should be put under Sharia Law. Maybe her husband (if any) prefers one of his other wives.

  2. Debra Pence permalink
    August 18, 2009 8:22 pm

    Why can’t this despicable excuse for a human being be un-propped? UN Staff, American troops, and Afghani citizens are being slaughtered while trying to ensure that the citizens can vote. Considering the violence inflicted against anyone who dares to vote…even if they succeed in voting…will it make any difference? Are all of the candidates vile dogs and the only choice is one vile dog over another? What’s the point of people dying over that? Top vile dog wins and gets the bone, I guess….

  3. Fred Alexander permalink
    August 19, 2009 8:57 am

    If you are interested in what is going on in the Islamic world then you should join Act For America (.com,) because our homeland is next. This is not a scare tactic it is being reported by concerned citizens many of whom were formerly living in the Middle East. For example, 7th graders religious studies books in Calif. contain 55 pages on how wonderful Islam is (no mention of the spread of Islam by the sword, etc.) and 16 pages of how bad the Christians were chopping of heads during the crusades, etc. Our students are purposely being lied to which is condoned and encouraged in the Koran. There plan is to control the USA within the next 50 years through high births and false teachings. Don’t laugh just look at Europe. Please go to the website and spread this message because our gov’t is doing nothing about it. Most Americans do not have a glue what Islam (and Mohammed) is about.

  4. Joseph White permalink
    August 19, 2009 8:30 pm

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Islam is a backwards, barbaric religion that should be ended. What I still don’t understand is why the Gays, lesbians, and womens rights groups don’t stand up against this mockery of humanity? I’m sure it’ll come as a surprise to them when the muslims line them up and kill them.

    If we are there to free these people, then we need to oust kharzi and start imposing our brand of freedom upon them.

    But first, we need to nuke mecca, medina, and let the israelis blow that unholy mosque off of the temple mount.

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