Monday, August 22, 2005

Critical to Evolution

I mean, women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy. We hope they're there. I think they will be there. But I think we need to put this into perspective.

Reuel Marc Gerecht, former Middle East specialist for the CIA, speaking on Meet The Press 8/21/05

For the past few months as I go to sleep each night an image of an Iraqi woman - I don't know who she is - comes into my mind. She's probably a figment of my imagination, born of the massive amount of news I consume, but there she is.

I imagine her having lost a child - and perhaps her husband is missing - there are between 23 - 26 THOUSAND dead and missing civilians in Iraq.

In my imagination she's very much like me - college educated, life-loving, funny, and invisible to our mainstream media here in the US.

Perhaps she even knits.

And now her social rights aren't critical to the evolution of democracy.

In my mind, she became violently angry when she heard Mr. Gerecht speak on Meet The Press yesterday.

I became angry when David Gregory didn't challenge or question Mr. Gerecht's remark, but simply raised his eyebrows a bit as he said,

"All right. We're going to have to leave it there. Gentlemen, thank you."

Sorry - not much knitting content today.


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