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January 30, 2004

Women Losing Rights in Iraq

So much for the wonders of "liberation":

During my five weeks "in country" this fall, I witnessed a social, political and humanitarian disaster consume Iraqi women. Frightened by rampant crime, bullied by religious fundamentalism, pressured by increasing tribalism, they are losing their rights and freedoms before the eyes of the world. It's an unnerving spectacle, like watching people fall prey to a police state-but in Iraq's case, the despotism consists not of storm troopers and fuehrers, but customs, traditions and beliefs that command the hearts and minds of millions of people, including their victims.
And the source for the quote? Some lefty magazine like The Nation?

No, David Horowitz's FrontPage magazine.

Let's be clear-- Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, but it is quite conceivable, given the equality for women under the old civil code, that women will be worse off now than under Hussein.

Posted by Nathan at January 30, 2004 03:43 PM