Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Our World: Laura Bush's embrace of tyranny

by Caroline Glick from The Jerusalem Post

For people around the world, the U.S. is not merely a country, or a superpower, but a symbol of human freedom. Consequently, the way that American officials behave is rarely taken at face value. Rather, their behavior is interpreted and reinterpreted by friend and foe alike. So the symbolic message from the First Lady's visit to the Persian Gulf to promote breast cancer awareness was a deeply disturbing one ... When Mrs. Bush went to Saudi Arabia she donned an abaya herself and had her picture taken with other abaya-clad women -- symbolically accepting the legitimacy of the system that subjugates women. Understanding this, conservative media outlets in the US criticized her angrily ... Sunday morning, Mrs. Bush sought to answer her critics in an interview with Fox News. Unfortunately, her remarks compounded the damage. Mrs. Bush said, "These women do not see covering as some sort of subjugation of women, this group of women that I was with. That's their culture. That's their tradition. That's a religious choice of theirs." It is true that this is their culture. And it is also their tradition. But it is not their choice.

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