Before we get too excited about the rebels in Libya freeing themselves from terrorist dictator Moammar Ghadafi, women in that country may long for "the good old days." Rebel leaders have said they plan to install a democracy based on Islamic Sharia Law. According to Wikipedia, "Sharia deals with many topics addressed by secular law, including crime, politics and economics, as well as personal matters such as sexual intercourse, hygiene, diet, prayer, and fasting. Where it has official status, sharia is applied by Islamic judges, or qadis. The imam has varying responsibilities depending on the interpretation of sharia; while the term is commonly used to refer to the leader of communal prayers, the imam may also be a scholar, religious leader, or political leader." Kind of sounds like Iran or Afghanistan to me. Women need to be covered head-to-toe, they must walk behind their husbands, they cannot go out in public or drive a car without their husband's permission, and in some countries, girls don't go to school. Women are also treated unequally when it comes to medical care and criminal punishment. The penalities for killing a woman are much less than they are for killing a man. And parents must provide a dowry to pay to their daughter's husband's family.
President Obama announced on Friday all U.S. troops would be out of Iraq by Christmas. Of course, Republicans have ripped the announcement to shreds. But to his credit, Obama promised he would get out of Iraq and he's keeping his promise. Republicans will say anything Obama does between now and November 2012 is all politically motivated, meant to get him reelected. Minnesota's own Michele Bachmann was on "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer Sunday and said Obama should renegotiate the withdrawal with the fledgling Iraq government. Bachmann said the U.S. was getting kicked out by the people we gave 4500 lives and billions of dollars to liberate. She says the U.S. and Obama are not respected in the Arab world, which may be true, and she also said Iraq is not a poor nation and should reimburse the U.S for the costs it incurred "liberating" it from Saddam Hussein. I agree with her on that point. The U.S. used to deal with foreign countries from a position of strength, but the latest trend is to do the opposite...make this country as meek and weak as possible so as not to offend lesser countries. We let other countries walk all over us when it comes to foreign trade and have now allowed our trading partners like China to control our debt, so we dare not crack down on hideous trade inequities.
I and every American are told it's now a "global economy" and "global society" and it's obscene to be patriotic unless you tearfully say you support our troops while singing a country music song. I am sorry, but I am pro-American, and will not apologize. When I go to the polls, I look for candidates who want to make America strong, not the world, because that is often done to the detriment of America. America can help the rest of the world, but not if it's as weak as the people it's trying to help.