At some point, you start saying ah, fuck 'em, they're not worth our time. Or the 116 lives (and counting), for that matter.
I think some point is right...about...now.
I know, this is not the sort of thing I should be feeling, as a Canadian who claims to care about the wider world. I used to deride those who called for our troops to come home by saying what, so only Canadian women can have rights? But when a supposedly democratically elected government comes up with laws completely contrary to the spirit of democracy, what are we to do?
I had this question vis-a-vis Hamas last year. We vote to expunge the Zionist filth. All in favour, face Washington and raise your middle fingers.
I have to admit, I didn't come to much of an answer beyond "well, some places don't deserve democracy." That sounded lame to me then and still does: everybody deserves democracy, just like everybody deserves food, potable water, and shelter.
But some places don't seem to want democracy. Some places--quite a few of them, actually--pervert it beyond recognition...Mugabe's democratically elected every time, don't you know.
I'm still struggling with this now that Afghanistan has decided to legalize rape between husband and wife and require that females seek a male relative's permission before engaging in such activities as, uh, leaving the house.
We've been in Afghanistan for seven years now. I can't say our values are catching on, can you?
So what do we do? Push harder and create more resistance? Or back off and leave them alone, condemning women to a life of slavery (and giving the impression we no longer care)?
Some days I just want to throw up my hands and say enough, already.
Some days I just want to throw up.