Monday, March 07, 2005

Women in Iraq

I finally got around to reading last week's issue of Newsweek and found the article "Iraq's Hidden War" discouraging and depressing. The article is about violence that has been perpretrated against Iraqi women as Islamist extremists struggle for control of the country. Women activists have been murdered. Women who appear in public without veils have been attacked. I find it hard to believe that this sort of violence didn't occur during Saddam's reign, but the article claims that prewar Iraq "had a good record on women's rights, at least by the standards of the region."

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