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    I strongly support feminists from Middle Eastern countries (and our country) pushing for equal  (and democracy).  There are many such groups, and instead of invading Iraq, we might have supported them.

    On the other hand, external pressure and "dialogue" based on one-sided assumptions is deeply counterproductive.  Just like the invasion of Iraq was counterproductive.  Imperialist thinking and actions always are.  

    As for violence against women in particular, how can you assume violence rates are higher in the ME than they are in the U.S., when you also say it's not reported? What's your evidence? If it's just a hunch, I would say since our violent crime levels are so much higher overall, I don't think it seems very likely.  Also it's important to note that a lot of violent crime--including violent crimes against women--also goes unreported here.  

    On the question of driving and jobs, and the ability to go to the beach in a bikini, it's only comparatively recently that women in the US have had the opportunities that exist now--to work and expect equal treatment in the workplace, for only a few decades really.  Sadly this is not the case for most women around the world and it mainly has to do with wealth and education levels.

    I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking. --Cartoon Dog, The New Yorker

    by markymarx on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 03:49:45 PM PST

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