Dinesh D’Souza Would Be Proud

April 10, 2007

Dinesh “Osama Bin” D’Souza’s dream of an alliance between Christianist moralizers and Islamic religious bullies is being realized in Iraq, where the new parlimentary government is working hard to erode and eliminate the cultural and social freedomes previously enjoyed by Iraqi women:

Baghdad once was considered a secular, cosmopolitan metropolis where Islamic customs seldom collided with women’s fashion. Today, however, religious ideology has strengthened its grip and forced half the population to submit to traditional Islamic dress.

On the streets of the capital, the most common couture is what women call the Islamic uniform: the bulging black abaya that covers the body from head to toe; the head scarf, or hajib; and the long, dark ankle-length skirts commonly seen on schoolgirls, university students and professionals.

The changes have left a generation of women, especially those more educated and better off financially, struggling to meet expectations.

“I’m always discussing with my friends and family whether or not to wear the veil,” said 21-year-old activist Zaineb Hussein. “I can’t go out without it, but I take it off once I reach my office. I feel completely free without it.”

Even though extreme Islamists have exerted influence over society for the past four years, many women say the country’s two-year-old democratically elected parliament is even more responsible for the regression of civil liberties and fashion choices.

“The government differs on all issues except women’s rights,” said Yanar Mohammed, the president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. “They’re using the new constitution to impose Islamic law and reduce women’s rights.”

For example, Maysoon Al-Damlugi, who is among the 25 percent of women in Iraq’s 275-seat parliament, said most female colleagues in the legislature cover their heads. It is, she said, an indication of how religious fervor has seized the political landscape.

“The abaya and hajib are political symbols,” said Miss Al-Damlugi, 45, who refuses to cover her head and is working on a constitutional amendment to ban discrimination in Iraq, including against women.

Contemplate the meaning of that sentence for a moment: the Iraqi factions disagree on virtually everything, but they are united in their eagerness to return women to the Dark Ages.

Your tax dollars at work. Aren’t you proud? 


2 Responses to “Dinesh D’Souza Would Be Proud”

  1. Caveat Says:

    You know, before you invade a sovereign nation and depose a dictator, you might want to ask yourself why there IS a dictator…

    Iraq was a secular society before the invasion. Now, not so much.

    Congrats to the Bush League for a job well done.

  2. Scott Stiefel Says:

    My favorite D’Souza cartoon:

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