Democracy In Iraq – For Men Only?

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Iraq, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

It is now common knowledge that the new Iraqi Constitution will be grounded in Islamic law which, as everyone knows, spells bad news for the women of Iraq.  Most of them will actually have been better off under the secular regime of Saddam Hussein where they enjoyed western-style equality for more than 40 years.

What do the neo-cons say about that?  "Yawn". 

Here’s what Reuel Marc Gerecht, a conservative fellow at the American Enterprise Institute think-tank and AEI and People for the New Century big wig reportedly said, discussing the forthcoming Iraqi constitution on Meet the Press, August 21:

"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 keep this perspective."


His exact words to MTP guest host David Gregory were, "Actually, I’m not terribly worried about this."

I wonder how women in America, especially those who support the Iraqi War, feel about this.