Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Pelosi Doing Her Part for Womens Rights

The idiocy of Nancy Pelosi's decision to defy the President and meet with the terrorists in Syria (no, there is no other way to describe the government of Syria) was rivaled only by her choice of attire. The Reform Party of Syria is upset that she wore a Hijab during her visit to Syria to meet with Bashcar al-Assad (thanks to Little Green Footballs for the link). Their comments:

Had Speaker Pelosi worn the Hijab inside a Mosque, this would have indicated respect but for Pelosi to wear it on the streets of Damascus all the while she is sitting with the self-imposed Baschar al-Assad who has come to symbolize oppression and one of the reasons why women are forced to wear the Hijab as they turn to religion to express their freedom is a statement of submittal not only to oppression but also to lack of women's rights in the Middle East. Pelosi just reversed the work of the Syrian civil society and those who aspire for women's freedom in the Muslim countries many years back with her visual statement. Her lack of experience of the Middle East is showing.

Assad could not have been happier because Syrian women, seeing a US official confirming what their husbands, the Imams in the Mosques tell them, and the society at large imposes on them through peer pressure will see in her wearing a Hijab as a confirmation of the societal pressures they are constantly under. No one will ever know how many women took the Hijab on after seeing Pelosi wearing it. The damage Speaker Pelosi is causing with her visit to Syria will be felt for many years to come.

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