While Donald Rumsfeld and his chuckle-headed apologists crow about the outcome of the Bush administration’s use of lies and deceit to justify war on Iraq, we might remember that the war zone created in Baghdad has led to a couple things: armed Islamist militias controlled by local clerics and the rise of rape and terror against women.
Zeinab, a 24-year-old computer science major who declined to give her last name, would drive her own car to college before the U.S. invasion, but now she’s only permitted to leave the house for school with the man she jokingly calls herdriver-bodyguard-chaperon.
The beauty salons she used to frequent for pedicures and conversation are closed, so Zeinab spends much of her long hours at home in front of a mirror, practicing different hairstyles for the day she regains a social life.
Girls lost most of their freedom here a long time ago, but now we’ve lost it all,she said angrily.They want to protect our honor.
Sheik Nasseri, for instance, has been giving the Friday sermon at the main mosque in Sadr City, where he has railed against Americans asinfidel colonizersand sanctioned the killing of unveiled women who refuse to comply with his rules, as well as the killing of Muslims or non-Muslims who sell liquor.
Just in case you have forgotten: these are the same conditions–precisely the same conditions–that led to the establishment of the Islamist tyranny in Iran, and were used to justify forced veiling and other misogynist repression. And they are also the same conditions–precisely the same conditions that led to the horrors of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
So thanks, Donald, for lying to us about weapons of mass destruction in order to carry out your dirty little war.
What an awful outcome indeed.
Update 2004-01-30: Updated to reflect the fact that the article linked from this page is from a satire site; as far as I know the
quote was never actually uttered by Donald Rumsfeld himself, but rather by his chuckle-headed apologists on the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, the quotes from Iraqi women who are being terrorized by rapist and fundamentalist gangs are not satire; they are the daily reality under which half of the Iraqi population has to live.