Yesterday during our coverage of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech before the UN General Assembly I asked why the feminist movement is largely silent over the treatment of women in his country and in others in the Muslim world. I cited the arrests of women for showing too much hair in Iran, the arrests and abuse of women in Saudi Arabia for associating with men who are not immediate members of their own families and the attacks on schoolhouses in Pakistan because they dare to accept girls as students.
Today comes an update to the issue of abuse of women in Afghanistan, a country whose corrupt leadership is being propped up by the United States and NATO.
CNN is reporting that nearly 90 percent of Afghan women suffer domestic abuse. Ninety percent!
The story, which tells the personal story of one woman, says that its not unusual for women to be beaten and raped and then sold. Sold! Where is the outcry?
It seems that human rights groups and many in the media pick and choose which human rights abuses deserve our attention. Well, I'm picking Afghanistan, because, after all, U.S. troops were in place to ensure that the last presidential election there, which was about as clean as Iran's, went off. So we can't say that we don't have an influence in public policy in Afghanistan. Nor that we are unaware of the problem.