Is America Helping To Make Afghan Women the Sexual Slaves of Their Husbands?
Does Obama Defend This By Keeping Our troops There?
by James Glaser
August 17, 2009
When Barack Obama was campaigning, he acted like the anti-war candidate on Iraq, but he needed to sound tough on Afghanistan. After being elected, President, Obama decided Afghanistan needed a military surge much like George Bush's military surge in Iraq. Here is how USA Today reported Obama's thinking on Afghanistan and his military surge back in February.
The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, and al-Qaeda supports the insurgency and threatens America from its safe haven along the Pakistani border," Obama said in a written statement Tuesday. "This increase (in troops) is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires."
Now today, President Obama, and almost every other politician in Washington will tell you we are bringing freedom and democracy to the Afghan people. By doing that, the theory is that the people of Afghanistan will realize how much better life is with a democratic form of government.
We all remember the finger dipped in the purple ink that showed who voted in Afghanistan's first election. Harmid Karzai, the US backed oil executive was elected president, and seven years later Karzai is still in power, and eight years later after starting it, we are still in a war in Afghanistan.
I don't know if it is possible to realize the benefits of democracy if your country has been in a constant state of war since you changed your form of government, and I doubt if the women of Afghanistan have any love for their new-found "freedom."
You see, even though President Obama and Congress tell us that we are bringing peace and freedom to the people of Afghanistan, that democratic country has a new law that allows a man to starve any of his wives if they refuse to obey his sexual demands. Does that sound like freedom to you? This is the government we are backing, run by Karzai, the man who Washington picked to lead Afghanistan.
Of course, as usual we didn't learn about this new Afghan law from our media, but the British newspaper, The Independent. Here is what they report:
The article goes on with this:
You can read the whole article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/karzais-secret-uturn-on-afghan-rape-law-1772524.html
This is the kind of law our troops are fighting for in Afghanistan. President Obama and the leaders in Congress know this, but choose to look the other way. Why? They have been bought by campaign contributions given to them by the Military Industrial Complex. Those corporations make billions as long as they can keep the United States in a state of war, someplace, any place on the globe.
The women in Afghanistan might have to live as sexual slaves in their new democratic country, but the American CEO's will continue to make millions, and our politicians will continue to get the money they need to stay in power.
Our troops believe their leaders when they say they are bringing freedom to the Afghan people. Of course those same troops believed George Bush about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and his promise to get Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Both of which have proved to be untrue.
Now, President Barrack Obama is telling the troops that they are defending America when they fight in Afghanistan, and that we have brought democracy to that country. Those troops should ask the Afghan women what they think.
By the way, if President Obama did not like this new Afghan law, all he would have to say, "Rescind this law, or we pull our troops." It is our loved ones who are dying for the people of Afghanistan, and their deaths should be for something noble.
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