How bad is it for many of the women in Afghanistan? Bad enough to commit suicide via self-immolation. A report issued by the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department stated that self-immolation is being used by increasing numbers of Afghan women to escape their dire circumstances. The report also states that women constitute the majority of Afghan suicides. In one province alone during 2008, 80 women attempted suicide by setting themselves on fire. Many of these women were in their early 20s.
Also during 2008, 76 cases of honor killings were officially documented in Afghanistan, although the actual number is presumed to be much higher.
We may ultimately ‘win’ the war on terror in Afghanistan, but it will take more than military might and economic aid to pull this so-called country out of the middle ages and into the 21st century. But do I digress from the politically correct party line? Perhaps we should be ‘honoring’ their wonderfully unique and simplistic culture and demanding diversity training for anyone who thinks them backward and brutish.