Since this is my blog and I can say what I want I am going to be brutally honest. As if this is a surprise to anyone who actually knows me. I have been pondering the war in Afghanistan or "Operation Enduring Freedom" as it is officially titled and have reached a sobering conclusion. The fact is that very few people are being honest about the true cost of defeat in Afghanistan. It has become so commonplace in America to simply brush aside the human rights violations that take place everyday in Muslim countries that are ruled by Sharia law and turn a blind eye to the atrocities that occur in the name of Allah. It has become politically incorrect to remind fellow Americans about the 19 Islamic terrorists that flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania killing 3,000 innocent people on September 11th. It has become inconvenient to tell American women that little girls in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban, prior to American involvement, were not permitted to attend school or learn to read and write. Or that these same little girls had acid thrown in their faces while walking to school after the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan. It has become inappropriate to ask the liberal women that stand up for women's rights in this country and scream at the top of their lungs about something so minute as non-existent pay discrimination, why they don't use that same platform to advocate for the rights of women who are oppressed all over the world in Muslim nations like Iran and Saudi Arabia. Perhaps, some of you who are reading this don't know what I am talking about. Let me enlighten you.
In countries ruled by Sharia' law, women are not permitted to step outside of their home unless they are covered from head to toe. Why? Because the mere sight of a woman's flesh might tempt a man and if he chose to act upon this temptation and raped her, it would be HER fault and HERS alone. The reasoning - She acted like a whore because she was a temptress. If she were alone or not with one or more other women (depending on the country) her word against his would not stand in a court of law and she would most likely be killed by her family for bringing dishonor upon them. The man, however, would suffer no punishment at all. Women are publicly stoned or flogged for wearing trousers, for speaking to a man who is not their husband or their male relative, for not being properly covered and for many other reasons. (I urge you to do some research on your own and check the veracity of my claims. I know I have, along with my husband. I have included some links on this page to some very helpful websites for checking out this information. But, I digress.) I ask you - where are the Gloria Steinems and the NOW chapters advocating for these women? I am quite certain that if they had evidence that these same men were preventing these women from getting abortions that they wanted, they would stand up for them and scream "DISCRIMINATION"! Why won't they take up the cause of these most oppressed women?
The true cost of defeat in Afghanistan will be borne by the women of Afghanistan. The Taliban will be restored to power and the women will be returned to their black, stifling, head-to-toe, face included, coverings, known as berkas, required to remain in their homes, their little girls will be forced to leave their schools never to return, the women will be stoned and raped again, and the law of Muhammad will rule. Afghanistan will become a terrorist training ground again and we will once again be in danger of imminent attack from Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Is this the choice that Obama and Congress truly want to make? Do Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein & the rest of the liberal women that have strong influence in Washington truly want this "blood" on their hands?
It is time for the women of America - liberal, moderate and conservative - to band together and fight for the rights of women not only in our country, but in countries around the world. Afghanistan would be a great place to start since we already have influence in the government there and changes have already been made. We need a battle cry - "Freedom for Women from ALL Oppressors - Foreign & Domestic!" All women who read this, I call on you to stand with me and forward this to all your female friends, no matter their political persuasion, and ask them to stand up for the women and girls of Afghanistan and write and call President Obama and let our voices be heard in Washington. The true cost of defeat is oppression and this must not be allowed to happen! Stand with me ladies and FIGHT!!!