Robin Smith / August 30, 2021

Woke American Women, Oppressed Afghan Women

The Taliban will eviscerate women’s rights while fashionable politicos claim to defend them here.

While Democrats commemorated the 101st anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with soaring rhetoric — Whitehouse.gov declared it “Women’s Equality Day” — they were astonishingly quiet about the crimes committed against women by the Taliban during the breaking of the agreement signed between the U.S., Afghanistan, and the Taliban to begin the removal of troops. Once again, the women of Afghanistan are only just beginning their descent into oppression.

Feminists in America are shamefully focused on banning voter ID and advocating for the “healthcare right” to kill their preborn children. These first-world problems are not the real struggle of women around the globe. That much was made abundantly clear in the vivid images that came from the fall of Kabul last week. An example of the Taliban’s view of women came when CNN reporter Clarissa Ward continued her job while wearing a body-covering black hijab, now the Taliban-mandated dress for women in public spaces in Afghanistan.

Other prominent women’s rights activists fear for their future as they remember the Taliban’s crimes against their mothers that they have spent 20 years working to eradicate. “If I wear the burqa, it means that I have accepted the Taliban’s government,” grieved a female Afghani student. “I’m afraid of losing the accomplishments I fought for so hard.”

Instead of singing the praises of these brave women, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi twittered, “We also remember the many heroic women of color, too often unsung, who carried on the fight for decades more to overcome discrimination and injustice to win fair access to the ballot for every community.” While Nancy pandered, Marine Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, had just posted a photo holding a baby while declaring, “I love my job.” Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, performed a volunteer assignment assisting women and children attempting to flee the radical Islamic takeover. Both are now listed among the 13 American service personnel killed by a suicide bomber.

Kamala Harris, the first female vice president of the United States, not only supported Joe Biden’s decision to ignore intelligence briefings, but her blessing was given after a two-page memo from the National Intelligence Council warned that the Taliban’s return to power would bring about the systematic abuse of women.

The requirements of the agreement Donald Trump signed in February 2020 included a ceasefire between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban, counterterrorism assurances, as well as intra-Afghan negotiations that included protecting women’s rights that had been established over the 20 years of U.S. involvement. This included opening schools to girls and young women and permitting women to work. Only after these conditions were met did the Trump administration agree to reduce the number of U.S. troops in the country from roughly 12,000 to 8,600 over a period of four and a half months to assess the integrity of the agreement. Only then would the remaining American military presence be removed over 14 months. Months, not days, not hours.

Ironically, it was American women who ignored the historic gains in wages, economic growth, and security under Trump’s leadership. It was the “educated suburban female” who looked past the historic stability and diplomacy in the Middle East that had occurred not only due to strong leadership but because of energy independence established and forged in America — independence that also came with high-paying jobs. Many woke women, even a large number in the “Republican Middle,” cared more about Trump’s mean tweets and inexcusably gruff behavior than what truly mattered, and thus voted to ensure the 45th president was removed from leadership.

Eighty percent of Afghan women older than 15 are illiterate. A generation of women who are now being educated will be turned into property at the hands of radical Islamists … if they live. Woke women in America spoke. Now, those in Afghanistan have no voice.

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