15 June 2005

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In yet another blisteringly perfect example of "Support the Oppressive Dictator Who Helps Us/Fuck Up the Oppressive Dicatator Who Used To," we're led to believe by our distinguished president that President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan is our good buddie in the War on Terror. Well, apparently, he's also leading the charge in the War on Women.

Have you heard the story of Mukhtaran Bibi? She's the Pakistani woman whose village council allowed her to be gang-raped by four men, and then forced her to walk home nearly naked in front of a crowd of villagers -- all this as a punishment for her brother, who apparently had "relations" with a higher-caste woman.

So instead of doing what everyone expected her to do, which is kill herself, she testified in court against her attackers, and they were sentenced to death. And with the compensation money she got and the help she recieved from generous donations worldwide, she went back to her village and built two schools (one for boys and one for girls) and bought a van that the community could use as an ambulance.

Happy ending no?


These are our allies? What have we become?!?

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