December 16, 2003


Hillary Praises Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan (NewsMax, 12/16/03)

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, praising the former Soviet Union yesterday for its 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, said that the attack helped bring women's rights to the fundamentalist Muslim country.

"The Soviets tried to provide more opportunities for women," Clinton told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, in a speech billed by her office as "her first major foreign policy address as a U.S. senator."

And the trains ran on time...

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2003 1:23 PM

Derb said it best (although this was in reference to Cuba): "Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy."

Posted by: jefferson park at December 16, 2003 1:42 PM

Well, in fairness, the remark is a bit out of context. (The speech text is available in full on Sen. Clinton's website.) The paragraph in full reads:

You know, women have always been at the fulcrum of Afghani politics and reaction. It happened in the early part of the 20th century, when the kings of Afghanistan attempted to modernize Afghanistan and pick as one of the principal objectives the more fully participating role of women. And that caused a backlash, which led to all kinds of reaction in the tribal areas. One of the reasons why we were able to marshal the Mujaheddin and the warlords against the Soviets is because the Soviets tried to provide more opportunities for women.

It's in between two paragraphs about how vitally important it is to improve maternal health care programs in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at December 16, 2003 2:25 PM

If results count, then it's hard to argue that women, net net, benefitted from Soviet efforts.

On the other hand, it's hard to say that the Soviets were worse than what they tried to replace.

South Asia is a funny place. In theory, women are more oppressed there than just about anywhere, but it also leads the world in women heads of state. Go figure.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at December 16, 2003 2:35 PM

The issue here is not women's rights, but how to slip(seemingly, successfully)anti-Americanism (to the Left, anti-white-maleism) into the discussion. This comment is not about whether net-net the Soviets were good or bad for women. This commment is about having us believe that the US would have had to appeal to the mujahadeen's desire to roll whatever advances the Soviets may have introduced for women folk when the ONLY rallying cry we needed to remind them of was so freaking obvious: A Muslim country had been invaded and was been occupied by an Atheist conqueror. Only a Hillary would have forgot that may have been what got the mujahadeen exxcited, not a shared (with those pigs in the DOD) to roll back women's rights.

Posted by: MG at December 16, 2003 2:57 PM

Rush played the most contemptible part of her speech today, which was (I paraphrase):

Sept. 11 provided the consensus for us to do something about terrorism, because prior to that, there wasn't any.

Didn't her husband take the same oath that Bush did? Doesn't she yearn to say those words to an adoring crowd? What does she think leadership is?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 16, 2003 4:29 PM

By Hillary standards, there wasn't any reason to fight terrorism. The terrorists were paying their bribes in a timely manner and the Clinton coffers were filling up so what's the problem?

As far as the Afghan women, this is so cute. The leftwing feminazis believe that women are no better off in the west because they are forced to wear bikinis and the Islamic women are forced to wear Burqas.

I'm a woman. I never was forced to wear anything since I graduated from the eighth grade and could burn my hated grammar school uniform.

Posted by: erp at December 16, 2003 4:52 PM

Jefferson, I have that "jackboot" quote posted on my cubicle wall at work. It's so true!

Posted by: Kay at December 16, 2003 5:30 PM

Regarding the general level of Soviet assistance to Afghanistan, someone might want to give Hillary Robert D. Kaplan's "Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan" for Christmas.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 16, 2003 6:15 PM