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Concern-trolling over the dismal plight of women in Afghanistan is powerfully appealing to liberals who look for reasons for the United States to maintain a military presence there. If and when the Taliban return to power, the warmongers argue, the bad, old days of stonings, burqas and girls banned from school will come back — and it’ll be our fault because we didn’t stick around.

Outrage over women’s inequality is often only ginned up in the service of some other aim, such as invading Afghanistan or banning transgender women from high school girls’ sports teams. Scratch the thin veneer of phony feminism, and the true agenda, which has nothing to do with women or girls, is quickly exposed.

You may be surprised to learn that, according to a U.S. News & World Report analysis of data provided by the United Nations, Afghanistan isn’t among the 10 worst countries for women. Which nations do have the worst gender inequality?

A list of staunch pals of the U.S.

But you’ll never see “woke” news media go after the U.S.’ best bros for treating women like dirt, much less the suggestion that these countries, such as Afghanistan, ought to be bombed, droned, invaded and subjected to two decades of brutal occupation under a corrupt U.S.-installed puppet regime.

The No. 1 worst nation in the world for women is the United Arab Emirates (“close friends and strong allies … with shared interests and common values,” crows the UAE’s embassy website, which showcases a cute photo of Biden). Common values that we apparently share with the UAE are its form of government (tribal autocracy), the torture and disappearance of political dissidents, female genital mutilation, wife beatings (perfectly legal), marital rape (perfectly legal) and “honor killings” (frowned upon and largely ignored). Women may vote, drive, buy property, travel and go to college. But they need signed permission from their “guardian” — usually their father or their husband.

Continuing down the list, we find U.S. “strategic ally” Qatar (No. 2), U.S. ally Saudi Arabia (No. 3), U.S. “treaty ally” India (No. 4), U.S. “partner” Oman (No. 5), major recipient of U.S. military aid Egypt (No. 6), U.S. “major non-NATO ally” Morocco (No. 7), U.S. ally South Korea (No. 8), U.S. “regional strategic ally” Sri Lanka (No. 9) and U.S. “key partner” Jordan (No. 10). Anyone who cares about the oppression of women should put Afghanistan on the back burner, start with the UAE and work their way down this list of misogynistic, nightmare nations.

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Not to say that the women of Afghanistan don’t have anything to worry about as the Taliban return to power. They do. Taliban spokesmen tell reporters that they’ve moderated their views about the status of women since 2001; they would even allow women to work as judges and will now allow girls to continue their education and women to work so long as they wear a hijab . “Local sources told us the Taliban removed art and citizenship classes from the curriculum, replacing them with Islamic subjects, but otherwise follow the national syllabus,” the BBC reports from Balkh province near Mazar-i-Sharif. “The government pays the salaries of staff, but the Taliban are in charge. It’s a hybrid system in place across the country.”

Reality in areas controlled by local Taliban commanders hasn’t corresponded with this relatively cheery and pragmatic vision. There are reports that the Taliban have demanded that girls over 15 and widows under 45 are forcibly married and, if they aren’t Muslim, converted to Islam. Taliban rule will likely be harsher and stricter in more rural areas.

It is perfectly reasonable to worry about the future of Afghan women. Though, to be fair, many were viciously oppressed, forced to wear the burqa, denied an education and even stoned to death throughout the last 20 years of U.S. occupation. If you don’t worry, you are morally deficient.

But don’t forget the hierarchy of needs: Women are even worse off in a number of other countries, all of which get a pass from the American press and receive giant chunks of American tax dollars from the American government. So the next time you hear someone affiliated with the U.S. government or in mainstream corporate media talking about how the Taliban mistreats women, remember that their real agenda is oppression and militarism, not emancipation.

 
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  1. Rahan says:

    (No. 7), U.S. ally South Korea

    • LOL: follyofwar
  2. What an ignorant list.

    Sri Lanka at no. 9??

    I lived there 3 years, and gender equality is better than in any “muslim” country bar Bosnia. Even India at no. 4 is better than most muslim countries bar Bosnia, and Turkey.

    And South Korea? Jeezus! This is the epitome of ignorance.

    • Replies: @Wyatt
    , @Bite Moi
  3. “Local sources told us the Taliban removed art and citizenship classes from the curriculum, replacing them with Islamic subjects, but otherwise follow the national syllabus,” the BBC reports from Balkh province near Mazar-i-Sharif.

    Let’s hope we didn’t include CRT in the syllabus.

    Reality in areas controlled by local Taliban commanders hasn’t corresponded with this relatively cheery and pragmatic vision. There are reports that the Taliban have demanded that girls over 15 and widows under 45 are forcibly married and, if they aren’t Muslim, converted to Islam. Taliban rule will likely be harsher and stricter in more rural areas.

    Sounds like certain parts of Blighty.

  4. Canada is missing ???

  5. Wyatt says:
    @Indifferent contrarian

    Ted Rall’s fucking stupid. He’s just a lying, libshit retard who looks like his mother drank heavily both before and after he was born. He gobbles up anti-Trump and anti-US propaganda and then vomits it back out so he can look more intelligent than he is. That is to say, he’s the normal leftist. Here’s a picture of him. I always post it in contrast to that caricature on the book he has that makes him look less defective than he is.

    • Disagree: Rahan
    • Troll: Rosie
  6. I don’t know what his criteria is for women’s oppression is. What about countries that encourage cutting off the secondary sexual organs from prepubescent girls, such as the USA and the UK. That seems oppressive to me.

    How about Canada, where a man was jailed for calling his daughter his daughter? Is that not oppressive?

    How about all the Western countries in which ten year old girls are subjected to so much violent porn on the internet to the point where they are terrified of growing up? They are terrified of being girls. They are even more terrified of their future.

    To paraphrase the man: “Do not offer to pick the splinter from my eye until you have taken the beam from your own eye.”

  7. Considering how orthodox Hassidim and other Talmudic Jews treat women (esp. their own wives and also those they consider gentiles because their moms aren’t Jewish but their dads are), maybe Israel should be on the list?

  8. Bite Moi says:
    @Indifferent contrarian

    Indifferent contrarian——-On the other hand,since women lack any measurable degree of common sense;they do need an Patriarchy that enforces cultural norms.Left to their own devices they wreck their own lives and the surrounding community’s.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  9. On a more positive note, those Afghan women who survived 20 years of USer militants blowing legs off everybody can relax a little bit.

  10. TG says:

    I’m sorry, but this is so rubbish.

    It focuses on liberal ephemera like voting rights – but that’s not what most women (people) care about.

    So the UAR is the worst country in the world for women? Where women have abundant food and excellent medical care and a safe place to live? Compared to some liberal utopia like Bangladesh, where a large fraction of the population (male and female) grows up chronically malnourished to the point of being permanently stunted? I guarantee, the average woman in some overpopulated third-world hell-hole would happily give up the right to drive a car (which none of them have any dream of owning anyway) for life in an oppressive patriarchy like the UAR or Saudi Arabia.

    And really, how important is voting anyway? Most of the time, voting is a sham, it changes nothing – the real issues are not allowed to be presented, and if by some miracle a piece of legislation benefiting the working class passes, it will be cancelled out by unelected elitist judges or administrators.

    Liberals obsess over empty symbols that mean nothing.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  11. Rosie says:
    @Bite Moi

    Indifferent contrarian——-On the other hand,since women lack any measurable degree of common sense;they do need an Patriarchy that enforces cultural norms.Left to their own devices they wreck their own lives and the surrounding community’s.

    Shut up, you stupid lying misogynist pig.

    Men are statistically far more likely to wreck their own lives by, to wit, going to prison, getting addicted to drugs, becoming compulsive gamblers, killing themselves or someone else while operating a motor vehicle, etc.

    Nonetheless, I don’t know of a single feminist on the face of the Earth who demands permanent legal minority status for men on account of all these obvious problems, because even the most radical version of feminism is literally nothing compared to the vicious, irrational, blind hatred of the “MRM.”

  12. Rosie says:
    @TG

    I’m sorry, but this is so rubbish.

    It focuses on liberal ephemera like voting rights – but that’s not what most women (people) care about.

    So the UAR is the worst country in the world for women? Where women have abundant food and excellent medical care and a safe place to live?

    You radically overstate the case, but yes, it is true that Mr. Rall doesn’t get it quite right, as here:

    But they need signed permission from their “guardian” — usually their father or their husband.

    This is true, and it’s outrageous, but in practice, these “guardians” often really do have the best interests of their wards at heart. Indeed, the more patriarchal the society, the more likely women are to pursue careers in STEM, precisely so they can be independent, and their fathers are often supportive.

    https://engineering.purdue.edu/ENE/News/the-stem-paradox-why-are-muslimmajority-countries-producing-so-many-female-engineers

    Liberals obsess over empty symbols that mean nothing.

    Yes, voting is largely symbolic, but it is neither empty nor meaningless. None of our votes matter, but there’s no point adding insult to injury.

    Arab Muslims consistently do two very important things for their daughters:

    1. They don’t kill them, and
    2. They teach them how to read.

    All that said, Mr. Rall’s thesis is correct. TPTB do not GAF about women’s rights. They trot it out as needed to justify their actions in pursuit of some other agenda. But then, it’s not just women’s rights. It’s also the environment, worker’s rights, etc. These only matter when they can be used to justify invading the world, inviting the world, or both.

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    Saudi Arabia, for example has a 99%+ female literacy rate. Compare Afghanistan at ~56%.

    https://www.indexmundi.com/facts/indicators/SE.ADT.1524.LT.FE.ZS/rankings

    Also, female infanticide is, so far as I know, chiefly a subcontinental problem, with sex-selective abortion of girl fetuses serving the same purpose in China.

    https://www.itsagirlmovie.com/

  13. Malla says:

    India, Sri Lanka and most surprising of all South Korea!!! in the same list as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and Morocco!!! Actually even Egypt and Morocco should not be in the same gang as the gulf states. Who researched this stuff??? South Korean in the same group of countries as Saudi Arabia in treatment of women!!! WTF. Sure there are a lot of issues with women in India in backward rural areas but India and Sri Lanka both give equal rights to women in their constitutions.
    Indian women in the same league as burkha wearing Saudi women LOL.
    These Indian women need liberation and more feminism LOL

    Imagine women like these in Taliban controlled countries.

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