We have previously discussed Afghan President Hamid Karzai stated inclinations toward the Taliban and harsh treatment of women. Karzai now appears to be moving more aggressively to this Sharia-based vision for women — a vision that expressly devalues their worth and endorses beatings by their husbands. This week, Karzai endorsed an edict from the Afghan Ulema Council — Afghanistan’s highest Islamic authority — that women are worth less than men and supporting “Sharia-compliant” beatings of women. That is the model government that we have created with the loss of both our men and women as well as hundreds of billions of dollars. We are still spending billions on the country as it embraces the Taliban and harsh Sharia principles.
The edit states that “Men are fundamental and women are secondary.” It further demands segregation of men and women and prohibits women “mingling with strange men in various social activities such as education, in bazaars, in offices and other aspects of life.” It also suggests that women should not work or go to university and should wear a “full Islamic hijab.”
On Tuesday, Karzai endorsed the edit and said that it “reiterated Islamic principles and values.” Female leaders have cried foul but the shift back against full rights for women appears to be accelerating in the country — led by our hand-picked leader, Karzai. Of course, those low-value, secondary women in our military forces have been fighting to keep Karzai alive so he can sit in his palace and proclaim them to be inferior human beings.
I am not as angry that we have again created a country that stands opposed to our most fundamental values. We have a long history of such disasters around the world. Rather, I am angry that we have lost so many lives and treasure to achieve that result in Afghanistan.