After much prodding by other bloggers, I set this up for my own writings. The name is in honour of the two women that mentored me throughout my life on politics and intelligence issues, as well as being wonderful family members, now alas deceased. I hope to live up to their standards at this site.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

If this is the Afghanistan we are building then why bother deposing the Taliban?

Whenever anyone in Canada questions the continuation of the military mission in Afghanistan there is the defence that the Afghan women are far better off now and that if for no other reason shows this to be a good and noble act for this country. While I happen to have been and remain a supporter of the Afghan mission things like this make it harder and harder to maintain that support. One of the worst things the Taliban did was to effectively dehumanize women and deny them anything other then the right to have their lives controlled by men and to have as punishment for anyone that broke the rules torture and death with a male only morals police doing the enforcing and acting as enforcer, judge, jury and executioner in all too many cases. Well now the Karzai government is preparing to bring back the worst element of that control, ostensibly for combat things like alcohol abuse but the reality is this sort of morals police invariably becomes abused, and given the history of Afghanistan it would be all but a certainty.

What really gets me is that they are not even changing the name of this morals police department from that which the Taliban used. Read the article, this is something that cannot be allowed to slip under the radar.

(Thanks to Jesus's General for the link)


Anonymous john said...

"President Hamid Karzai’s cabinet has approved the proposal to re-establish the department, and the measure will go to Afghanistan’s parliament when it reconvenes later this summer. The conservative complexion of the assembly makes it likely to be passed." from said article. This is democracy. You may not like it, but you don't get a vote there. That being said, just like any society, they will learn and adapt and grow with the new tools they now have. There will be mistakes but those mistakes are theirs to make and learn from. They must develop laws and ways that work for their society, not ours. We can not force our values upon them. Through this process, they will determine what is "right" and what is not.

Wed Jul 26, 01:22:00 AM 2006  

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