Today is a day to honor American soldiers who have fought and died in wars. Let us remember that women have fought for the last nine years in wars and many have died fighting.
For years I had hopes that men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan would see our fighting women and that somehow they would see our women as equal and would seek to have that for themselves. I could just imagine a little girl of 9 years old wanting the freedom our American women soldiers have. That little girl would now be 16years old. What has happened to her?
Only time will tell if any change has happened for these little Iraqi girls.
Today I read in the newspaper that some Afghanistan girls 13 years old had tried to escape their town to keep from marrying old men who their parents had decided they were to marry. They were spotted, and taken back to their town, and publicly whipped for their disobedience.
American women and men are fighting for these women. Over 1,000 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2001.
Did our presence make any difference to the women over there? Many can now go to school, but a lot of girls are still denied an education. Girls are still forced to marry old men who may already have other wives.
Read these two books to get a good idea of how women are treated in a restrictive country. A country where we are sending our women and men.
AThousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, 2007 (Riverhead Books Publisher) He is the author of the Kite Runner which was a wonderful book. This one is better and better shows how women are treated. (Fiction)
The End of Manners, by Francesca Marciano, 2008 (Random House Publishers). This was an excellent book about a social service woman who finds herself in Afghanistan trying to help orphans. She tells of the Afghanistan culture of how awful women are treated. (Fiction)
Remember our women and men who return to the United States and where our women walk into a church and know that they, like Afghanistan women, are seen as inferior by their religious leaders.
Remember our men and women who have died fighting in these countries.
Let us honor our soldiers today who have died fighting for others.