Iraq “Day of the Dead”

I work on a college campus that is having a reading today of all the names of the people, civilian and military, who have been killed in Iraq.  I found the whole thing rather offensive and I’ll tell you why.  Each time they came to a woman, instead of reading her name, it was “Wife of…” or “Adult daughter of…”.  Each time they came to a child, it was “Son of…” or “Daughter of…”.  In short, they have disregarded the fact that these were people who had lives of their own seperate from their male relatives.  It’s a blatant show of how women and children are very poorly regarded in Islam and it’s happening in America.

Islam – Not For Women

Do you have kids?  If you’re female, can you imagine luring your 20 year old daughter over to your house so that your husband, two of his brothers, and a couple of male family friends can rape and beat her for two and half hours before they strangle her? Would you stuff her body into a suitcase and bury her in your garden?  If you’re male, can you imagine even asking your wife to do such a thing?  Can you even imagine wanting to do such a thing to your own child?

Why you ask would they do this?  What was her great crime that merited two and half hours of torture and then her murder?  Because the daughter divorced the physically abusive husband that her family married her off to and was planning to marry someone more to her taste – namely someone that didn’t beat and rape her constantly.

Now, keep in mind that this didn’t occur in some backward third world country.  This happened in London, England – probably one of the most civilized places on the planet.  Nor were these some uneducated bumpkin goat herders.  Now her own sister is being threatened because she has come forward to denounce the murder of her sister.

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.