March 8th, 2010
11:58 AM ET

Opinion: Never dismiss power of Afghan women

Afghan women won the world's attention nine years ago following the routing of Taliban troops at the hands of U.S. and Afghan forces. Back then, a rush of dignitaries flew to Kabul to denounce the Taliban's brutal treatment of women, although the world had largely forgotten these same women during the previous seven years.

No school, no work, no leaving the house without a man - even a boy would do. These are the laws Afghan women learned to live with, because they had to. Yet they also found a way to work around those rules.  Throughout the Taliban years, Afghan women ran aid organizations, practiced medicine, taught schools and ran businesses. They refused to be victims; instead, they led their communities and helped them survive desolate years of economic collapse and political isolation.

Read the full Op-Ed from Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Mohammad A. Dar, I see my comments frightend you as well. Its good to see my point is so well taken.

    America should help supply Muslim women with equality, higher education, trained and armed in self defense and Radical Muslim will dry up entirely. The gutless Muslim men that brutalize defenseless Muslim women would be far less apt to do that if they knew or suspected those same women were armed.

    I'm reminded of the young woman that grabbed one of the Mumbaii assassins AK47's during their reign of terror in their home and blasted all 5 of them. She knew they would torture, rape and then kill her and reacted accordingly.

    US Soldiers and their Afghanistan Muslim men counterparts certainly do not feel they are going to be tortured, raped and murdered if they fail. Muslim women however DO. People that know the horrific treatment they'll recieve if they fail, FIGHT far different and far more agressive than those that do not.

    American should provide the Muslim women the opportunity to safely leave the Muslim religion permanently thru safe-houses and immigration to western States.

    America should train the Muslim women to fight against the Taliban and arm them for self-protection.

    America should provide higher education facility's for the Muslim women across Afghanistan and the Middle East.

    America should be helping the Muslim women obtain equality and self-empowerment.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohammad A. Dar

    SMITH, YOU MUST BE FOLLOWING YOUR GOOD CHRISTIAN SAINTS COMMANDMENT, DRINK NO WATER BUT WINE, AND MUST HAVE USED PLENTY OF HUM LIKE YOUR BIBLICAL SAINT, TO REACH YOUR ASSUMED GOD FOR YOUR COMMENTED PROPHECY. PLEASE HAVE ANOTHER LOOK AT YOUR COMMENTS AGAIN WHEN SOME ONE SOBER CERTIFIES YOU TO BE SOBER.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    In the Islamic prophet Muhammad's personal diary's (Hadits) he appeared to be very frighted of women's empowerment and deliberately worked to limit women to be at most worth only 1/3 that of Muslim men.

    Islamic hard liners are frightened of Muslim women's empowerment, going after teachers and women's schools for mass destruction more than any other target.

    It even seems US Military leaders and Politicians are AFRAID of arming and training the Muslim women, WHY?

    Muslim women would fight to the death against the Taliban fighters if those women were trained and armed. The Muslim women know full well what the Taliban fighters do to them, while the Muslim Afghanistan troops and police forces can run away and remove their uniforms at their convenience, the Muslim women cannot do that. They either stand and fight, or they are hunted down and tortured.

    Why is the Western Nations so ignorant about the solution to radical Muslims? Educate Muslim women, train them in self-defense, arm them and provide them with immigration if they chose to permanently leave the horrific Muslim religion.

    The special forces in Afghanistan should be forming assault divisions composed of Afghanistan women to attack the Taliban fighters.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |