Lest We Forget

Saw the lovely item below in today’s Guardian. Now the delightful person who strangled his wife in his disappointment with her giving birth to a baby girl may not be the rule, but he’s evidently not the exception either.

How long is it that our soldiers have been in Afghanistan? More than 11 years, since October of 2001?  And why are we there? Well first to punish the Taliban and while doing so destroy, to the extent we could, Al Qaida.

But that took only us days and weeks, maybe months, but not years. So why are we still there? Well to bring Western development and Western democracy (and the rule of law?) to these people?

Tell me, how could we ever have believed that such was doable. So lest we forget what we’re up against… (and we might think of moving up that exit date, now set for 2014)

Afghan Man Strangles Wife For Having Baby Girl

Afghan police say local militia member, who is still at large, killed the woman after she gave birth to a third daughter.

Burqa-clad Afghan womenPhotograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images

Burqa-clad Afghan women: human rights watchdogs inside and outside Afghanistan fear women’s rights may be sacrificed when foregin combat troops leave the country in 2014

An Afghan man killed his wife for giving birth to a third daughter rather than the son he hoped for, police in Afghanistan‘s northern Kunduz province have said.

The victim, 28, known by the one name of Storai, was strangled by her husband, a local militia member, and his mother on Saturday “in revenge” for bearing the couple’s third daughter three months ago in Mohasili village, police said.

Police said they arrested the victim’s mother-in-law in connection with her death, but Storai’s husband was still at large, probably sheltered by armed militia colleagues.

“The existence of militiamen is a huge problem and therefore we face difficulty in arresting him,” said the Kunduz police chief, Sufi Habib.

Nadera Geya, head of the Kunduz women’s affairs department, called the killing one of the worst examples of violence against women she had encountered.

Violence against women is commonplace in Afghanistan. In late November in the same province, an Afghan family that refused to give their daughter in marriage to a man they considered irresponsible was attacked at home by assailants who poured acid over both parents and three children.

Police later arrested the rejected suitor and his three brothers for the attack.

With foreign combat troops set to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and moves ongoing to kickstart a peace process involving the Taliban, rights watchdogs inside and outside Afghanistan fear women’s rights may be sacrificed.

“The rights of women cannot be relegated to the margins of international affairs, as this issue is at the core of our national security and the security of people everywhere,” the US embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Monday.

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