Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Women's Rights Not Essential to Democracy

If you didn't tune in to Meet the Press last Sunday, you might still be under the impression that democracy has something to do with rights for all kinds of people, even women.

Once the neocons admit that they don't view women's rights as all that important in Iraq, well, we can better understand why they are so damned determined to send American women back to the 19th century.

"In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we'd all be thrilled. I mean, women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy. We hope they're there. I think they will be there. But I think we need to put this into perspective."
Former Middle East specialist for the CIA, Reuel Marc Gerecht (Meet the Press, 8/21/05)

Bayprairie at Our Word has more in a post entitled: Women's rights and Democracy, yeah, right...

Kathy at Citizen's Rent has more in a post entitled: W is for War, not Women.