GhastlyI'm inclined to avoid dignifying this bit of idiocy with a counterargument, but I suppose it's worth comment at least.
Under Iraq’s cruel former dictatorship, women were free to attend universities, hold jobs, swim at beaches, attend entertainment and go in public without veils or shrouds. The brutal Saddam regime suppressed fundamentalist prejudice against liberated females.*
But President Bush’s occupation of Iraq enabled puritanical groups to begin inflicting harsh theocratic punishments on women who dare to show any independence.
Sanctimonious vigilante squads have killed at least 40 women this year in the southern city of Basra because they wore modern Western clothes or showed loose hair, according to a news report.
Meanwhile, “honor killings” of young women whose families feel dishonored by their flirtatious behavior are rising in Iraq. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq reported in June that such murders rose 18 percent in three months in the Kurdish sector of the Mideast nation. (link)
These doorknobs at the Gazette are operating under the illusion that the Saddam regime - because Saddam said so - was a bastion of civilized thinking and western freedoms. Because they paid no attention at the time (and had no real interest), they are blissfully ignorant of that to which they refer, allowing them to make such foolish statements.
The culture they describe is Iraqi culture, dating back centuries. In fact, it goes beyond that; it is Muslim culture, and is older than all the western world. "Honor killings" didn't spring up there overnight (or when the Supreme Court "selected" Bush to be President).
But the typically insane Bush-hating left in this country - as exemplified by these clowns at the Gazette - view everything through their anti-Bush lenses. Thus we witness this kind of twisted editorializing. Honor killings are a problem. It is, therefore, Bush's fault.
We'll next be told that President Bush is cruelly forcing Muslims in Iraq to kneel and pray towards Mecca five times a day. The bastard.
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* Take out two adjectives and this sentence reads: "Under Iraq’s ... former dictatorship, women were free to attend universities, hold jobs, swim at beaches, attend entertainment and go in public without veils or shrouds. The ... Saddam regime suppressed fundamentalist prejudice against liberated females."
Only in the Gazette ....