War on terror gives women hope for the future

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 31, 2005 at 11:58 p.m.
Reading the Gainesville Sun and watching the television news casts about the war protests, all I could think about was "It could have been me." I could have been one of Saddam's victims.
As a strong-willed woman, I would have probably been one of those victims on the soccer field in Iraq - one of those "beheaded women." I could never have lived under the conditions that our fellow women have had to endure in Iraq or Afghanistan. I can't understand why the women of our country aren't outraged at the treatment of women in other parts of the world and why they don't step out to help them.
Yet, here many of them are protesting the war. Do they not know that the terrorists want to bring the same kind of rule to our country. Thank God I have never lived under subservient conditions.
I wish I was young enough to join the U.S. volunteer Army. I am so proud of our young men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to help free the women and young girls, so that they are able to get an education and have hope for a better future.
The proudest moment I have had as part of a country that wants to help others was when one of our television newscasts showed an elderly Iraqi woman exiting a polling station holding up her purple finger to show the world she had voted.
To me it doesn't matter that Saddam didn't have WMDs, what matters is that people, especially women and children, have a right to hope for a better future, a future that doesn't include that of being chattel.
Susan Fabian, Keystone Heights

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