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What Do You Think?

May 18, 2010

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's website was: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says women's rights should not be sacrificed in any settlement between the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Taliban militants. Do you agree?

Poll results:

Yes: 466 votes (80 percent)

No: 116 votes (20 percent)




"I can't really answer the poll. As an American, I would say yes, but we supposedly live in a 'multicultural' society that preaches that all nations and cultures are equally valid. So if that is true, then the Afghans should be left to decide that for themselves. And if the Taliban is to be a party to government, then the prospects for women in Afghanistan look bleak - but only by Western standards, of course."

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"Clinton is doing the right thing by voicing what's right and honorable, but it will change nothing. It is ingrained in their culture."

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"I find the tenets of Islam, especially Sharia law, to be reprehensible and counter to our Western civilization and our values in any country. But why would we impose our will on Afghanistan, but let Saudi Arabia off the hook? Personally, I feel we should offer no support to any government that enslaves its people, whether it's China or the Islamic countries. But to focus only on 'women's rights' is too narrow."

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"I voted yes, but know it will not happen. Women are property and must obey their fathers or husbands. ... Hillary is a woman. Do you really think they will listen to her?"

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"Sounds good for her to say, but I don't believe it and I doubt they do, either. It's my understanding that the Taliban are spreading out again in Afghanistan, making a presence, knowing we're pulling out by a certain date. When we're gone, the Taliban will reign anew and the people know this."

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"The treatment of women is a part of their religious beliefs and will not be changed because we demand it. ... It sounds good, but in the end, it will be business as usual."

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"We are in Afghanistan to fight terrorism against the USA. We have no right or obligation to try to make cultural changes."

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