WOMEN TUNNELING OUT of Afghanistan to escape the Taliban hasn’t happened yet, but Afghan women’s plight was predicted by the Washington Post‘s Dana Priest back in 2009.
“… (Dana Priest) is increasingly of the view that we’re going to probably have to come to terms with the Taliban and just find a way to tunnel out women, because it will be an awful reality for them, otherwise this will be a never ending war …” – Steve Clemons (2009)
Steve Clemons, talking with Rachel Maddow on the subject back in 2009, quoted Priest, which caught my eye. The predictions of Priest, as well as Clemons, are coming to pass.
From the UK Guardian over the Memorial Day weekend:
A brain drain of bright young women is already taking place in Afghanistan before the 2014 handover that many fear will mean a reversal of advances in women’s rights.
The lack of commitment by the Afghan government to equality and to tackling the high rates of ill-treatment of women in the home and in the workplace is raising real fears they will be at the bottom of the political agenda in the push for power after Nato forces leave the country.
Worsening security for civilians – casualties among ordinary Afghans have risen year on year for the last five years with 3,021 killed in 2011, and women are thought to be suffering disproportionately – has led to rising numbers of women and girls leaving education and the workforce and staying indoors, according to Guhramaana Kakar, a gender adviser to President Hamid Karzai.
What have we gained as a country if we’ve given blood and treasure to a country whose women have to find shelter underground?
It makes no sense to give funds through 2024 if women are fleeing Afghanistan life.
Beginning with Bush, who allowed Afghanistan to go by the wayside because of the Iraq war, then through the reinvigorated efforts by Pres. Obama, this latest negative news regarding women means nothing was been gained that can be sustained, because a country without a place for its women will always be unstable.