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The Blogspot archive of the weblog of J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics and Chair of the PEIS major at U.C. Berkeley, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Signs of the Times in Iraq

From Spontaneous Arising:

Spontaneous Arising: Democracy and the Return of the Hijab: Riverbend (aka, "Baghdad Blogger") goes back in time:

For me, June marked the first month I don't dare leave the house without a hijab... it's no longer possible to drive around Baghdad without one. It's just not a good idea. (Take note that when I say "drive" I actually mean "sit in the back seat of the car"--I haven't driven for the longest time.) Going around bare-headed in a car or in the street also puts the family members with you in danger. You risk hearing something you don't want to hear and then the father or the brother or cousin or uncle can't just sit by and let it happen...

This in a Middle Eastern country (Iraq) that once prided itself on the relative freedom of women, who could have a profession, drive a car and walk around without hiding their faces. The neocon steamroller approach to "giving birth" to the New Middle East is truly a thing to behold. Unfortunately for humanity, the steamroller is running on automatic, and it has a full tank of diesel.

Impeach George W. Bush. Impeach him now.

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