• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Meet the Daughters of Iraq

Via Jessica Grose, Alexandra Zavis has a frightening story in today’s Los Angeles Times about how the U.S. military is now sponsoring a “Daughters of Iraq” program to supplement its our-militias-are-awesome-and-unproblematic Sons of Iraq program. What I’m about to say is hard to express and so I apologize in advance for any missteps. But this is a program that is practically guaranteed to get women needlessly murdered.

Ever heard how members of the Iraqi security forces talk about women on the streets? I have, in Baghdad and Mosul, and it’s disgusting. I have heard Iraqi police officers talk about how they would never let women walk around after dark, and I assure you they did not mean it as a protective measure. Consider what the Iraqi-male reaction is to the Daughters of Iraq:

“In our culture, we can’t have women standing in public on a checkpoint,” said Riyad abu Mohammed, deputy commander of Adhamiya’s 843 Sons of Iraq. “It isn’t good for us, for her or her family.”…

“A woman can’t do this work,” snapped one of Abu Mohammed’s deputies, who gave his name as Sabbah. “It is dangerous.”

And so what’s the U.S. reaction? Dismissal.

Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of day-to-day operations in Iraq, was diplomatic about the frustrations expressed by some of his officers.

“It is a cultural issue,” he said. “It’ll be one of these things that will take some time to work through. They’re a little slow in letting women be able to do some jobs. We’ve got to break through some barriers.”

Welcome to the combustible intersection of sexism and imperialism. What an Iraqi man with a gun and a grievance hears from that is that the occupiers are now taking women and forcing them to do men’s work and that emasculates him and humiliates him and now it’s time for vengeance. U.S. troops will only be one target. Iraqi women will be the primary one. This is a completely predictable outcome. Shiite militias and Sunni insurgent groups will murder these women. Zavis’s piece says the U.S. wants to move the Daughters into checkpoints and market security — exposed areas, in other words — and they don’t get to carry weapons. Why not paint targets on them while we’re at it?

I am not, for a second, either calling Iraqi culture particularly more sexist than our own, nor am I saying that we should have anything but solidarity with Iraqi women’s liberation. But for the U.S. to entice women — it should be stated that the SOI program is relatively lucrative in a country suffering from massive unemployment — into doing security work is not a formula for liberation, it’s a formula for getting women killed. And anyone who thinks the U.S. has a good track record of keeping its Iraqi allies alive needs to remember the lessons that George Packer taught us.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.