16 August 2009

Just another reason why...

...Afghanistan so desperately needs a western-style democracy...
An Afghan bill allowing a husband to starve his wife if she refuses to have sex has been published in the official gazette and become law.

The original version obliged Shia women to have sex with their husbands every four days at a minimum, and it effectively condoned rape by removing the need for consent to sex within marriage.

Now an amended version of the same bill has passed quietly into law with the apparent approval of President Karzai.
And let's remember folks... that Karzai is actually a pretty pro-western guy as Afghanis go. Nevertheless, he is indelibly tainted by links to opium smuggling warlords and odious stuff like this legislation.

Of course, you have to consider the alternative...
The word spread fast: anyone caught voting in the presidential election will have his finger — the one inked for the ballot — cut off.
It kinda comes down to, "Who do you want drivin' the crazy bus?"

Just try imagine what this country was like before western intervention.
"Improvements in medical care since the Taliban fell five years ago have led to a marked decrease in Afghanistan's infant mortality rates - 40,000 fewer infant deaths a year."
Scary, scary stuff.


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Let's start up a fund-raising drive to send Sheila Copps to Afghanistan... where she can spread her magical, fuzzy-bunny fairy dust.