Allies and Enemies
The Taliban, the former governing Muslim extremist group in Afghanistan, is infamously terrible in its treatment of women, giving misogyny a new definition. It was a crime, in Taliban-dominated Afghanistan, for women to receive formal education, for example.
But our allies, or elements of our allies, seem to be as misogynistic as our enemies, it turns out. Here’s the iconic photo from the Situation Room as President Obama and his staff waited for word on the success or failure of the raid that assassinated Osama bin Laden:
And here’s the same photo as it appeared in Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung:
You can see the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been photoshopped out (as has an unidentified woman in the upper right hand corner). The official White House photograph has been “fauxtoshopped,” as it were.
Not everyone in Israel thinks this is a great idea, obviously, and it has been criticized. But there has been no official statement from the Israeli government. That may be because Israeli Prime Minister Netenyahu’s fragile coalition government depends upon the presence of the ultra-orthodox minority parties.
What did these folks do when Golda Meir was prime minister of Israel?
WC’s precept: Any religion that has to tamper with reality to preserve its beliefs is so dysfunctional as to qualify for delusional.