Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Remember back when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and we got to hear nonstop from the White House how Afghan women were now free to vote, to work, to go outside without wearing a burka? Well, let's set aside for the moment the reality that the vast majority of Afghan women are no better off now than they were under the Taliban. What I want to know is, Why isn't the Bush administration invading Saudi Arabia to free Saudi women? After all, in Saudi Arabia, women cannot travel, work, or get an education without the permission of a male relative. And Saudi women are outright prohibited, under any circumstances, from driving, being with men in public, or leaving their home without an abaya--a dark, head-to-foot garment very similar to a burka. Can you say hypocrisy? Can you say infuriating?

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