Thursday, April 02, 2009

Barefoot and Pashtun?

I have not seen a translation of the text, but apparently Afghanistan's President Karzai intends to pass a law making it illegal for a woman to refuse relations with her husband or to go out of the house without his permission.

Here, people are outraged. Canadian soldiers, they are saying, should not be fighting for a society that legalizes rape. Of course this is so, as far as it goes.

I know almost nothing of the Afghan culture, but does this shocking lack of imagination and initiative manifest itself in other matters as well? Does it, for instance, account for the fact that nobody has bothered to build roads in this country until now?

Really, if these chaps want their women to be at home barefoot and pregnant, I suggest they do like the rest of us and start by buying them chocolate and hiding their shoes.

Really, do they expect the government to do everything?

1 comment:

crusader88 said...

Hiding their shoes? I like that! You sound like the Catechism of the Council of Trent.