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    Nat Geo: Afghan Women

    A brief, but compelling essay from National Geographic. Be sure to also view the photo essay.

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/20...n/rubin-text/1

    Not for nothing - when any of my friends whine too much, I tell them, "STFU - you could be a woman in Afghanistan." It really appears to be a nation made up entirely of PTSD survivors at this point. Anything positive is going to take a lot of time to come to fruition.

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    That was very interesting to read, thanks for posting. They are probably right that much of the insanity comes from all the wars, they must have lost sense of perspective and of what's extreme or justifiable.

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    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    Not in the least to diminish the brutal costs of war, but stories like this have been coming out of Afghanistan for more than a hundred years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeperryfan View Post
    That was very interesting to read, thanks for posting. They are probably right that much of the insanity comes from all the wars, they must have lost sense of perspective and of what's extreme or justifiable.
    The violence comes from an extremely patriarchal society in which *some* men harm and abuse women because they are entitled to do so and because they don't see women as people. Wars only exacerbate the tendency - which is unfortunately seen in other highly patriarchal societies as well (i.e. throwing acid in women's face and burnings wives in Pakistan).

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    "Don't act like a hypocrite,

    Who thinks he can conceal his whiles

    While loudly quoting the Koran.



    Hafez, 14th century Iranian poet.

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    Btw the movie is ontopic (in Iran). Very heavy, especially when sons execute their mother by stone thowing:

    http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/06/26...26stoning.html

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