War in Iraq

People ask me all the time how I can support our war in Iraq.  I’ve blogged before about how we’re basically cleaning up a mess we made, but I found an AP photo that really tells the story in a way that I can’t do in words.  I’ll probably get in trouble with AP for posting it, but I really don’t care. 

Iraq is a Muslim country and fairly fundamentalist at that.  Most western women don’t understand what that means because we broke those shackles a century ago and haven’t looked back since.  Women in Iraq are property.  When you’re a girl, you are your father’s property.  When you’re grown, you are your husband’s property.  If you do something that your family or your husband’s family doesn’t like, they kill you.  That can be anything from being late to dinner to showing some of your hair under your head scarf.  You aren’t allowed to be educated.  You’re not allowed to vote.  You’re allowed to produce children and be a slave.  That’s all you get.  Your husband doesn’t even have to allow you to ever leave the house. 

Keep all of that in mind as you look at this photo…THIS…this is what it’s all about.

Her finger is purple because she just voted in the free, democratic elections in Iraq.  Let that soak in for a minute and think about what all that means.  Having a vote, having control of your destiny is the first step toward rights and protection for these women.  This photo, which says so much without a single word, should explain to everyone why so many of the service men and women are eager to go to Iraq and eager to return once they come home.