Friday, April 17, 2009

W's Rape Nation

Today is Friday, 17 April 2009.

Pat Robertson with a beard, that’s the ticket. Or rather, that’s the Taliban.

Fundamentalists of any ideology, whether religious, economic, or political, inevitably use their ideology as a cloak for their perverted hunger for power.

Cf. the law recently passed in Afghanistan, enshrining for males of the Shiite sect the “right” to demand sexual relations from their wives, that is, rape them. (This development merely gives formal legal sanction to behaviour already acceptable to most Shiite males.) Rape is also the logical conclusion of the fundamentalist Christianist teaching that “God” ordains that females must be the slaves of males: unwed daughters enslaved to fathers, brothers, or male guardians, and wedded females enslaved to their husbands. “It’s for her own good”.

Among the rationales W. Bush famously advanced for the conquest of Iraq was the existence of “rape rooms” – spaces in police stations, barracks, etc. where female opponents of the Ba’athist regime were systematically raped. W. Bush conveniently forgot the existence of the same practice among the 1970s and 1980s Latin and South American military dictatorships so fondly cuddled by the Republican Party.

By supporting, with cash and troops, the most corrupt and reactionary elements in Afghanistan, W. Bush and the Republican regime succeeded in creating, not a rape room, but a lawful rape nation.

Today is the 48th anniversary of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by CIA puppet forces.

The Obama regime is to be commended for loosening some restrictions on relations with Cuba. It’s long past time to cease groveling before the would-be fuhrers of the South Florida exile community, and completely normalize relations with Cuba. Show some guts for a change, Obama and other Democratic “leaders”.


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