Iraqi women are under curtain

@bhanusb (5709)
India
April 25, 2013 11:00am CST
Before American seizure the Iraqi women had freedom. They were on jobs in every field. They were dressed with modern fashion. Saddam's reign was blessing for them. A recent BBC report says, under the present regime the Iraqi women lost their all freedom. They have no job. They are compelled to wear veil. Most of the Iraqi women are now living in tents with great misery.
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@mariaperalta (19089)
• Mexico
25 Apr 13
Thats is strange I heard the opposite while I was in the usa. i saw iraqui woman dancing in the streets when Saddam was killed.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
25 Apr 13
They were dancing, but now they are crying.
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@vandana7 (71325)
• India
26 Apr 13
Like there are two sides of a coin, every policy has people who hurt and people who rejoice. So one or few women dancing does not signify that everything that happened is right or the present lives do not signify that everything this happening is wrong.
• Mexico
26 Apr 13
I see now. Like in most things in life Cant make everyone happy all the time. Have a great friday there.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
25 Apr 13
I think that the US should let countries handle their own wars, etc. He was not a good man, and I am not sure this regime is much better, but it all comes down to oil. If US did not need the oil, we would not have gotten involved.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
25 Apr 13
Saddam was good or bad that it another question.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
25 Apr 13
correction : please read 'that is'
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@ajithlal (14612)
• India
26 Apr 13
I hope women get freedom in the future.
@AidaLily (1450)
• United States
25 Apr 13
Saddam wasn't necessarily a good person, but he kept that country under control. Now there is more senseless violence than before. I live in America, but the majority of people in this country just don't understand that some places NEED dictators. It sounds terrible because of our way of life but they do need dictators. I personally believe the majority of American people were shown lies about the place and made to believe we needed to 'free' people there so that we wouldn't question our government wanting to start a war without a proper investigation. And it worked. Most people in this country supported the war with no questions asked because they were told a terrorist was there and about crimes against women probably more on the outskirts than any major city. I think America should stop policing the world. We have problems here. We have issues to be solved here. We could have a normal military budget if we would stop sending our military to go help and put bases everywhere in the world. I feel sad for all the women there if they lost all their freedoms because of our greedy politicians.
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25 Apr 13
The same thing is happening in other Arabic countries, such as Egypt, after the Arab Spring. They replace the more secular dictator with an Islamic government who take away women's rights. That probably would have happened in Iraq eventually whether the U.S. went in there or not. Not everyone wants democracy, or can have it. Democracy only works where most of the people have similar values and have similar ideas about what they want their lives to be like. If you have a minority which has completely the opposite wishes to the majority, as with the Sunnis and Shi-ites in Iraq, you have a problem. A democratic government means the majority always wins. In Iraq, that means the Shi-ites win. The Sunnis, who were running Iraq under Saddam, were bound to object. If the minority group can never get what they want through democratic means - and they can't - they turn to violence and terrorism to get it. In fact, colonial governments may be unpopular but having a third party running things may have been preferable to having constant conflict between competing internal groups jockeying for position. I think the U.S. tried to get each group, Sunnis, Shi-ites and Kurds, represented in the Iraqi government, but the situation is essentially volatile. Dictators tend to represent one side or the other rather than acting for the whole country fairly and they keep control by using ruthless methods. I can't say people need that, although the side the dictator is on might benefit. When you look at it closely, you can perhaps understand why some of them want religious laws to rule rather than political groups, but Shariah law is pretty horrendous for women.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
29 Apr 13
Hi AidaLily and megisthus, both of you enriched the discussion. I have nothing to add. Thanks both of you.
@Avijit100 (952)
• Calcutta, India
25 Apr 13
Oh that means Saddam Hussain was actually a good person for the Iraqi women, at least they enjoyed freedom during his reign.
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25 Apr 13
Apart from the ones who were kidnapped and raped by his horrendous sons.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
29 Apr 13
Saddam was good or bed that is another question. But during Saddam's rule Iraq was a developing economically. Iraqi women enjoyed freedom. Saddam was toppled not by his country people. Unjustified war by America and its allies brought the end of Saddam's regime and the country dropped down to hundreds of years back.
@bunnybon7 (41353)
• Holiday, Florida
25 Apr 13
so again america, usa is getting the blame for trying to help another country. i just wish our leaders would say to hell with other countries like the rest of the world does this makes me mad and i just hope you are misinformed. where did you hear this?
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
29 Apr 13
usa tries to help those countries where america's interest is involved. yes it is better to say hell to other countries. let them solve their own problems themselves. I think I was not misinformed. I quoted bbc.
@blackrusty (3526)
• Mexico
25 Apr 13
well people who are American are not hearing this I now from what I have seen on the television that they was happy and that is all that we know at this time I think that my Government should stay out of war and protect only the united states just my thought let every one fight there own war
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
29 Apr 13
America thinks it has become master of the world and interferes weak nations internal affairs.
@maximax8 (29129)
• United Kingdom
25 Apr 13
I think that life must be quite miserable in Iraq for women and it has been for years especially during the war days. It is a shame Iraqi ladies have lost all their freedom. What a pity it is that they must wear a veil. Living in a tent must be very hard indeed. I hated the Iraqi war and wish my country had stayed out of it. Tony Blair is to blame the prime minister that we had at that time.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
25 Apr 13
The country had been smashed after the war. That was a unjustified war.
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@vandana7 (71325)
• India
26 Apr 13
I think attacking another country is as wrong as trying underhand methods to disrupt peace. Saddam was wrong and so was the US. Some innocents have been killed in the process, right? Somebody mentioned oil...I dont think it was oil alone...world ended up with lot of oil spills remember? And the US also lost more monies to get that oil which may not be worth losing their folks for. If it was the eternal support that Saddam offered to PLO..then it actually favored the US ...after all arms would be sold by it. I think something more serious may have prompted that reaction. And if it were oil, it would not have allowed Iraq to be in that position for such a long period, especially since it won against Saddam during Kuwait war a couple of decades ago. Back then it could have captured more reserves, isn't it? Nope...something more serious was brewing I guess... As to women...they gotta stand up...failing which they face the same fate as we Indian women do.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
30 Apr 13
Hi vandana, you are right. But I want to add one point. Saddam was unruly to USA. He was the only vocal against America in the Middle East. So US wanted to punish Saddam and they did it.
@ajithlal (14612)
• India
26 Apr 13
I think most women should have freedom and should not be restricted. I think women should be treated with respect, love, and care. I hope everything gets well for them.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
29 Apr 13
Yes I agree with you.