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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Hirsi Ali On The Other Holocaust

Hirsi Ali is absolutely correct to call the status of women in much of the world, a Holocaust. In an International Herald Tribune edorial, she remarks,
As I was preparing for this article, I asked a friend who is Jewish if it was appropriate to use the term "holocaust" to portray the worldwide violence against women. He was startled. But when I read him the figures in a 2004 policy paper published by the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, he said yes, without hesitation. One United Nations estimate says from 113 million to 200 million women around the world are demographically "missing." Every year, from 1.5 million to 3 million women and girls lose their lives as a result of gender-based violence or neglect.

One United Nations estimate says from 113 million to 200 million women around the world are demographically "missing." Every year, from 1.5 million to 3 million women and girls lose their lives as a result of gender-based violence or neglect...

Young brides are killed if their fathers do not pay sufficient money to the men who have married them. These are called "dowry deaths," although they are not just deaths, they are murders...

Six thousand girls undergo genital mutilation every day (emp-SC&A), according to the World Health Organization. Many die; others live the rest of their lives in crippling pain...

A culture that carves the genitals of young girls, hobbles their minds and justifies their physical oppression is not equal to a culture that believes women have the same rights as men.
Never mind. It's the Israeli security fence that is the problem. That, and the schools that educate girls to read and write, and hospitals built by US forces in Afhanistan and Iraq that are the problem. Damn BusHitler, interfering with the status quo!

Read Hirsi Ali's editorial, here
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