(image from MEMRI)
Since today is International Women’s Day, I thought it would be interesting to see what others are saying about this day in the blog world. It must be an incredibly boring topic, since not many are writing about the subject at all. I have to wonder if this is selective omission, since you can’t really report on the state of women in the world and ignore the Islamic oppression. But guess what? They still try!
Those that are writing (or have written about it in the past) tend to conveniently leave out one of the biggest oppressors of women, Islamists, when discussing the brutal treatment of women around the world. A quick google search shows the following:
- The U.N.’s theme for this year’s women’s day is: “Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls.”. I find this interesting since the U.N. has not condemned the horrifying actions of murder, rape, genital mutilation, etc. done in the name of Islam. How can they really care about ending these things, when they turn a blind eye?
- At womenforwomen.org, there is nary a hint of Islam in their description of each country’s wrongs against women, notably in their description of the brutal treatment of women in Afghanistan. They briefly mention the U.S. invasion, and discuss how different things are for women than they were under the harsh Taliban rule, but give no credit to the invasion or the U.S. and its allies for orchestrating these changes. No respect:
Women now face the struggle of gaining a voice in the reconstruction of the country, following the 2001 invasion led by the U.S., Britain, and the Northern Alliance, as part of the “war on terrorism.”
Apparently the “terror” doesn’t exist, and our contributions aren’t even a blip on their radar. If it were not for our silly “war”, these Afghan women would still be prisoners in their own homes, unable to walk freely, unable to hold jobs and unable to be elected officials. Now they can, and are.
- Moving on to the same site’s description of Iraq, once again there’s no respect for the U.S. In fact we get blamed for every bad thing to ever happen in the last decade and more. Well, we get blamed along with the U.N. sanctions during the time of Saddam:
Two wars, massive internal repression, UN sanctions, and finally, the fall of the Hussein regime in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, has left much of the population in poverty, struggling to meet basic needs.
So, the U.S. is to blame for poverty in Iraq, since apparently there was none prior to our invasion? This is conventional wisdom on the left. You do, however, see the slightest hint at the Islamists rule in the words “massive internal repression”, though once again there is no follow up as to who these people were that were doing the repressing in the first place. On the status of women in Iraq they say:
The 1990s brought the increased pressure of economic decline with an impact on the economic and social rights of women. Many women lost their jobs. They could not travel outside of the country without a male relative as an escort; rapists could escape punishment for their crime by marrying their victims; and a law was introduced exempting men who killed their female relatives in the name of the family’s honor, from prosecution and punishment.
NO mention of Islamic totalitarianism being the reason for these restrictions and atrocities against women. How can we “end” these atrocities around the world if we aren’t even told who is committing them?
- At The Free Press, two years ago (no one has written about this day the last two years), they did a lengthy description about the struggle of women, with not a single mention of radical Islam. The only tiny exception being in the vague “Dangers of Militarism”, yet somehow I still don’t think they are talking about Muslims. There is also the obligatory Bush dig, blaming him for the “worldwide” problem of finding affordable abortions near your home (yes, worldwide).
- The Independent (London) does have an eye opening piece about women in Afghanistan, although heavily skewed towards all the bad, with not much reportage on good progress being made. However, at least they say the big bad “I” word:
No place has been more synonymous with oppression of women in recent history than Afghanistan under the Taliban, and nowhere was the abuse more brutal than in Kandahar, the birthplace of the country’s Islamist zealotry.
Read the rest here for more details on what’s going on with Afghan women.
- From defendingwomen, we hear about what happened on last year’s Intn’l Women’s Day in Iran:
“The Iranian authorities marked International Women’s Day by attacking hundreds of people who had peacefully assembled to honor women’s rights,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Once again, Iran’s government has signaled that it is ready to use violence to suppress peaceful public assembly of any sort.”
The article talks all about the “government” doing this and that, without acknowledging the fact that the government is Islamic Sharia Law. Why does this have to be such a secret? Its worth noting that at the bottom of the post I excerpted above, is an article by Amnesty Int’l that does admit that the discrimination of women is by law, and that law is Sharia Law. However, once again, no follow up. How can this be pigeon-holed as simply a “human rights” issue, without acknowledging the brutal Islamo-fascist regimes wreaking the havoc?