Afghanistan has quietly passed a law permitting Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands' sexual demands, despite international outrage over an earlier version of the legislation which President Hamid Karzai had promised to review.
The new final draft of the legislation also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers, and requires women to get permission from their husbands to work.
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Brad Adams, the [Human Rights Watch] Asia director, said: "The rights of Afghan women are being ripped up by powerful men who are using women as pawns in manoeuvres to gain power.
"These kinds of barbaric laws were supposed to have been relegated to the past with the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, yet Karzai has revived them and given them his official stamp of approval."
Here's a succinct take on it by The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib:
You know something? We're just going to have to take a big bite out of this shit sandwich we call Afghanistan. Eight years we've been over there fighting to keep this gaggle of sick bastards in power and we can stay another eighty and they're not going to change. They're religious fanatics and warlords and drug lords and common criminals and corrupt bureaucrats and cops.
As The Mound says: we aren't winning, we can't win, we'll never change anything, our so-called friends are as bad as our enemies, we'll wind up fighting both friends and enemies and look how that worked out for the Russians.
And surely by now anybody with a functioning neuron can see that that 'protecting the girls and women' meme is totally bogus.
Canada out of Afghanistan!