Sunday, November 30, 2008

And what, exactly, is "progress" in Iraq?

The Guardian reports:
Authorities in the southern Iraqi city of Basra have admitted they are powerless to prevent 'honour killings' in the city following a 70 per cent increase in religious murders during the past year.

There has been no improvement in conviction rates for these killings. So far this year, 81 women in the city have been murdered for allegedly bringing shame on their families. Only five people have been convicted.

John Aravosis
brought this to my attention. Have the police congratulated you on killing your daughter lately?

I do not believe this is about Islam. It is about barbaric tribal patriarchy. The sooner it is demolished the better. I believe we are in the midst of the death throes of the patriarchy. Something that has been around a good 6,000 years will not disappear suddenly or let go of power voluntarily. A lot of ugly, brutal struggle lies ahead.

Hmm, come to think about it, no wonder creationists think the world began 6,000 years ago. It began with the birth of patriarchy. Of course!

[Well, their world did, anyway. For the rest of us it has been a rather unattractive reality that is anything but divinely ordained.]
--the BB

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