Friday, October 07, 2005

WOMEN MAKE GAINS IN IRAQ

By Stockton

Just two and a half years after invading Iraq, Bush's promise to bring western-style democracy to the Middle East is showing signs of success. In a region of the world where women are often times less valuable than sundry goods and chattel, Iraq is becoming a beacon of male-female equality.



By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer Wed Sep 28, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A woman disguised in a man's robes and headdress slipped into a line of army recruits Wednesday and detonated explosives strapped to her body, killing at least six recruits and wounding 35 — the first known suicide attack by a woman in Iraq's insurgency.

The attack in Tal Afar near the Syrian border appeared aimed at showing that militants could still strike in a town where U.S. and Iraqi offensives drove out insurgents only two weeks ago. A female suicide bomber may have been chosen because she could get through checkpoints at which women are rarely searched— then don her disguise to join the line of men, Iraqi officials said.

Bush insists that the traditional glass ceiling in the terrorist world has finally been broken. "This goes to show you that Iraqi women are entering fields traditionally open only to males. It's just one sign of success and they have us to thank. We are firmly resolved to be resolute!"

Other signs of Iraq's embrace of western-style democracy: progressives have besuccessfulful in reforming many aspects of the penal law, blunting some of the harsher aspects of Middle-Eastern punishment. For instance, a woman adulteress will now only be hacked into seven pieces rather than the traditional eleven.



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