2004: A Hypocrophobia Odyssey
Back in December of 2002, Jonah Goldberg wrote a great essay on what he dubbed "hypocrophobia"--short hand for the left's crippling fear of being taken seriously:
Feminists demanded that "something" be done about the Taliban's treatment of women for years. Conservatives scoffed. But when the Bush administration saw fit to liberate the women of Afghanistan — for reasons larger than merely their freedom — feminists drew circles in the floor with their open-toed shoes and grumbled about how they didn't like war. But I guarantee you if Bill Clinton had unleashed the 10th Mountain Division on Kabul to ensure reproductive choice for Afghan women, Gloria Steinem would have done cartwheels.In the new Weekly Standard, Katherine Mangu-Ward writes that hard-core feminists are still yawning over the remarkable improvement in the lives of Afghani women:
HERE'S A CHUNK of President Bush's standard stump speech: "Think about what happened in Afghanistan. It wasn't all that long ago that the Taliban ran that country. Young girls couldn't even go to school. They were not only harboring terrorists, they had this dark ideology of hate. And people showed up in droves to vote. Freedom is powerful. People have gone from darkness to light because of liberty. The first voter in the Afghan presidential election was a 19-year-old woman."Orrin Judd adds, "For the feminists, history stopped at the moment George Bush effected the greatest women's liberation anyone's ever seen."
As I wrote back in 2002, "instead, we get whining, because the 'wrong people' (i.e. conservatives) are finally doing what liberals long thought was the right thing to do".
Update: One other thing: At the start of Jonah's column, he wrote:
There are some professions American colleges simply don't prepare you for. Consider Aziz Salih Ahmed. He works for the Iraqi government. His technical specialty? He's a "violator of women's honor," according to his Iraqi identity card. In other words, he rapes women. Presumably he likes it. But he does it on the government's dime so whether he likes brutally raping women or not, he's probably good at it or at least he's good enough for government work.These folks don't seem to care that Mr. Ahmed is--at a minimum--off the Iraqi government dole these days.
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