Thursday, November 16, 2006

What is going on with these people?

I was reading this article about Afghan women setting fire to themselves to escape difficult lives. Read the story here.

It is basically about forced and/or abusive marriages and to be honest I can sympathise with that. However, the bit that got me was that our main character, a 16 year old girl, had doused herself with benzene, which is carcinogenic and would lead to a slow painful death, and then set fire to herself, Oh! That solves that then. She survived and then divorced her husband and is being treated for her burns. Errr, What? Why didn't she do the divorcing bit first? She wouldn't need any treatment then. What is going on with these people? I understand that they don't have the same rights as in the UK but if she can get divorced she really should be looking for trying the easy option first.

Now maybe I am just plain stupid but to me to kill yourself with fire doesn't seem like the best way to go. For one thing, what about the CO2 that will be fed into the atmosphere. Don't these people care about what they are leaving behind. What with all the burning cars, building and, now, people they must be pumping more CO2 into the atmosphere than we are in the UK.

The Afghans have a long, long way to go before women are superior like in the UK. At least with the impending implementation of Sharia law in the UK that is a step that will be reversed. Interestingly enough all these women calling out for Sharia law in the UK might change their minds a few months after it has been introduced.


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