It has been some time since I have heard defenders of our Iraq fiasco trumpeting the paternalistic claim that by invading the country the U.S. Military had secured new freedoms for Iraqi women. A couple of years ago this claim seemed rather common. As this story
from The Guardian
makes clear, however, that self-confident assertion has turned out to be as delusional as very nearly all of the claims made for our ill-advised invasion. The next time someone challenges you with the claim that Iraqis are better off now than they were under Saddam, refer them to the article too.
__________P.S.: You might have a look back at this column from Katha Pollitt that appeared in The Nation last spring or this one by Lesley Abdela in openDemocracy last summer. For some background see this report from Human Rights Watch (2003) and this more recent article from Foreign Affairs (2006). Finally, of course, you might have a look too at the web page of the Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI).