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    that once a faction does reach up and say, "No more." the world should rise up to greet them with open arms and help any way they can.

    You mentioned South Africa. They did empower themselves, and once they did and were being persecuted for demanding their rights, it was unconcionable for people like Dick Cheney to vote against helping to release Nelson Mandela, toughening sanctions and helping the ANC any way we could.

    •  Then we should be supporting RAWA (none)
      Plenty of women in Afghanistan have risen up, during the era of the Taliban and to this day. And they've paid for it with their lives.  We need to encourage our own progressive legislators and organizations to promote groups like Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, rather than allowing the warlords and brutal factions to reassert themselves.  It may be insensitive to impose our cultural standards on them, but it is far more insensitive (and hypocritical) to ignore their pleas for support.

      Educated women in Iraq and Afghanistan are desperate to be able to feed their families and have physical safety in their daily lives.  I think we progressives owe it to them, given what our government has done to their countries in our name.

      "It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value." Stephen Hawking

      by Helena Handbag on Mon Oct 11, 2004 at 11:10:11 PM PDT

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