Tuesday, May 03, 2005

 

More Dowd Drivel

Another pointless column by Maureen Dowd in today's SAEN. Once again she claims that the U.S. is slipping towards theocracy:
Mr. Bush wanted Iraq to have a democracy like ours. It's on its way, nearing an ethics-free zone where a corrupt official can hold sway and a theocracy can curb women's rights.

And once again she fails to offer any proof. If we truly are slipping into theocracy why can't she offer up proof? Could that be because it's simply not true? But Dowd does not stop there. She goes on to claim that the Bush administration is curbing women's rights, and once again she offers no proof. Could that be because it simply isn't true? Whatever side of the argument you are on regarding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq you can't honestly claim that women in those two countries aren't experiencing more freedom they have in generations:
Since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, many would agree that the political and cultural position of Afghan women has improved substantially. The recently adopted Afghan constitution states that "the citizens of Afghanistan - whether man or woman- have equal rights and duties before the law". So far, women have been allowed to return back to work, the government no longer forces them to wear the all covering burqa, and they even have been appointed to prominent positions in the government.

A good opinion columnist should bring to the attention of the reader something they have not thought of before; they should make us think, but Maureen Dowd fails on both counts, and for the life of me I can't understand why the SAEN editorial board wastes space on her.
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