Monday, August 17, 2009

What we're fighting for in Afghanistan

So, just after the government announces that it will be sending the SAS to Afghanistan to die for America, we learn that the country's Shia family law - officially suspended after an outcry earlier in the year - has been quietly allowed to come into force. It has been amended, and some of the worst clauses (such as the one allowing spousal rape) have been removed, but it still allows men to withhold "maintenance" if their partner "does not perform her conjugal duties according to Sharia" - in other words, they can coerce consent by starvation.

Aren't you glad that the SAS will be fighting, killing and dying for this?