Sunday, November 05, 2006

This is a society where being born a woman is not a gift

More news that Tony Blair would rather you didn't read reported by Christina Lamb in The Sunday Times today.

In short the life for women in Afghanistan looks very brutal, and the Taliban are coming back to make it worse still.

Where are the demonstrations from British Muslim groups ? Some campaign for a 360 degree hood to place over British women's heads, but not for the terror and misery that their religion allows in countries like Afghanistan. (Or again the murder of Black Muslims by Arab Muslims in Darfur.)

Bishop Nazir is reported on a related line of argument in the Sunday times also (credit to Christopher Morgan).

These are themes I keep returning to because if we are to save our children (and especially our daughters) from a similar fate we must understand how the Islamofascist strategy of dual victim hood and dominion plays out in this world.

PS The post title is a quote from Alberto Cairo, an Italian doctor who runs the Red Cross clinic in Kabul where Gul Zam is being treated. As quoted in Christina Lamb's article. It just seemed to sum up the plight of these poor people.


Anonymous said...

Why do they want to have this control over women, it is bizarra and quite unnecessary, but how can you changes centuries of bigoted tradition? The women are brought up in fear and ignorance and only those who are educated appreciate how different life could be.

I've written about the difference between men and women on my site today too, only in this case, the women have the upper hand, but then they are British...

Shahid said...

the only bigoted people here are you. Unbelievable how you let fear, ignorance and hatred blind you. Do you buy absolutely everything you read?

So tell me, what did the suffragettes die for, so that women could be free to pole dance, inflate their breasts with plastic through invasive surgery for self-esteem issues and so that you could earn 15% less than men?

Your understanding of Islam is very blinkered, and that's very sad.

Man in a Shed said...

OK - looked up Bigot on Wikipedia (I know its not quite the oxford dictionary - but its free a quick ) and here's what it says at the time I looked:

A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles or identities differing from their own. The origin of the word in English dates back to at least 1598, via Middle French, and started with the sense of religious hypocrite, especially a woman.

Bigot is often used as a pejorative term against a person who is obstinately devoted to their prejudices even when these views are challenged or proven to be false. Forms of bigotry may have a related ideology or world views.

I would therefore suggest you can't be a Bigot without first having your views challenged or proven to be false.

Not quite sure on the suffragette / 15% point. My understanding is that the suffragettes campaigned for equal rights. Equal freedom with men on what to do with their lives being one point.

I'm not too keen on the way public morals have gone either. There is a strong hedonistic strand to British society that, in my opinion, derives from increasing atheism and a reducing Christian influence through secularism. (And incidentally I would say that may of the strengths of British society have their roots in our Christian heritage.)

There are lots of arguments about the 15% point - and also counter arguments that women live 5 years longer than men, have better health care and can often choose to have career breaks that men cannot.

On the understanding of Islam I'd say you probably right. My view is based on events in the news, an Islamic meeting I went to at Leeds University once(lots of angry shouting between people there), and commentaries by people whom usually have a particular view point.

Its on my list of things to study in more detail. Though I understand that you can't just read the Koran from start to finish to understand it as there is some strange sort or ordering of events and verses.

On the events in the post from Christina Lamb - I think she knows what she's talking about and is an honest reporter. She is a Sunday Times Foreign Affairs correspondent who has been a foreign correspondent since the age of 21 when she travelled with the mujaheddin in Afghanistan. Either what she says is a spectacular lie or she is reporting on spectacular misery. I don't believe everything I read ( that would of course be impossible ) - for example I doubt that David Kelly committed suicide.