I spent two and a half years in Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser in the southern region training and mentoring the Afghan 205th Corps. Being away from my family was tough but I found peace in what I was doing when I would see the little Afghan girls walking to school. To know that we had established an opportunity for them to have a better life made the sacrifice worthwhile.
I remember the first time I saw an Afghan woman driving in Kabul — a smile came over my face. It would incense me beyond imagination when I would see Afghan women donned in the hideous burhka herded into the back of trucks. Sometimes they would be back there with livestock.
That’s where I saw the real “war on women,” not this faux political poll-tested messaging constructed by progressive socialists and radical feminists. I often wonder where are the feminist voices speaking up for the persecution of women in the Islamic world? Nah, I guess that would require courage.
Now, as reported in the UK Telegraph,
Afghanistan is planning to reintroduce public stoning as punishment for adultery 12 years after the Taliban was ousted from power, according to a new draft penal code.
The move has shocked human rights campaigners and will dismay donors who have poured billions of pounds into the country for reconstruction.
It will be viewed as another backwards step at the end of a year that has seen women’s rights undermined, with a slew of legislation and murders of prominent women.
This also comes at a time when Afghan President Hamid Karzai is seeking more restraint on US military operations and the ability to have legal jurisdiction and other concessions from the United States.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard any condemnation from President Obama on this consideration of stoning being reinstated as punishment for adultery — oops, he’s too busy with Magic Johnson and other Hollywood types to be bothered.
Looks like the blood and treasure we spent in Afghanistan did nothing to move that country away from Sharia law. Just another abysmal failure to add to the list. Remember it was President Obama who referred to Afghanistan as “the good war.” Here’s what I think. Next time y’all see someone in a car with a “Coexist” bumper sticker, well, throw a small pebble at it to get their attention –metaphorically.