September 19, 1999 - Note from the Editor: Hmm, let's see... Since we are the "indispensable nation" we assert our greatness and impose our will upon distant lands such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Kosovo, or East Timor (as long as the Indonesian oligarchy keeps its prized possessions), but quickly become entangled in impossible situations--or simply bored. After all, having made our money in the arms trade and infrastructure destruction that our contractors will gladly be paid to rebuild with our tax dollars, another football season is on the horizon. Hey, isn't the stock market booming? Time for a new SUV... Meanwhile, we leave behind the makings of fundamentalist regimes and, in between a couple of sanctimonious beers--make it a Bud, buddy--keep praying for world peace. Amen.
Another year, another Miss America pageant. In this country, women have the right to flaunt their big hair, big breasts and big smiles and big talents on national television. Fortunately, we all have the right to ignore it. For a peek at Miss America 2000, see http://www.missamerica.org/2000/miss2000.html.
To voice your objection to such pageants, you can contact the Miss America Organization, the television networks, and the pageant sponsors. Perhaps some time in the future, women won't dream of competing on their looks, and we won't consider judging them accordingly.
On the far end of the spectrum of women being valued as objects, or, in this case, valued as worthless objects, lies Afghanistan. For a peek at how women are forced to dress in public, see http://www.now.org/nnt/fall-98/global.html.
The National Organization for Women compiled the following fact sheet on women and girls in Afghanistan:
Did you know that 9 million Afghan women and girls have no human rights?
How did this happen?
Before the Taliban takeover, Afghan women were:
The Taliban is fundamentally wrong!
The attacks against women and girls are bad for everybody!
Some day, this too may pass. In the meantime, we cannot just choose to ignore it. To voice your objection to the treatment of women under the Taliban government's rule, please contact the following:
2201 C St. NW
Washington, DC. 20520
United Nations Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY. 10017-3505
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