I doubt many people disagree with the proposition that women should have a significant say in forming a new Afghan government. The big question, though, is... how? As is, it will be difficult to figure out how to craft a new Afghan regime from all the tribes and regional factions. Who will represent the interests of "Afghan women?" Are we presumptuous enough to think that every woman in Afghanistan has a single, unitary interest that is the same as all other women? Even if some agent exists that seems to represent the concerns of a large percentage of Afghan women, does that entitle us to ignore the concerns of the rest?
I don't have any easy ansers to these questions. But advocates like Senator Clinton don't even seem to realize the questions exist.Posted by wasylik at November 26, 2001 12:12 AM | TrackBack