Should any be accepting of a reality that reduces the status of women to property? A property that can be publicly flogged at whim by “religious police”, or physically mutilated for some perceived transgression?

Should it be found acceptable that in their desperation women will resort to self immolation? I think the answers to these questions are obvious-especially when similar attitudes exists toward indigenous women, when they are marginalized to the extent that a young high school age girl states in a interview dealing with rape and abuse on the rez, “that’s just the way it is”.

The question becomes not only is this America’s fight, but also one of whether indigenous people should take part in it? The decision to do so is, and should be, an individual one.

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Whether the argument is made or not that indigenous people shouldn’t serve in the military the fact that they do and have died as a result of that makes this a personal issue to indigenous people I would think.

While indigenous people may live in a vacuum of sorts it isn’t one that is hermetically sealed-what impacts this country will in one way or another impact the nations-it is a measure of common sense to be aware of that.

Both Iraq and Afghanistan are failed policies-Afghanistan in particular is composed of a tribal, sovereign people, and the attempt to impose a system of governance reflective of the West’s will predictably be as corrupt and inept as it has been among the nations.

Should any be accepting of a reality that reduces the status of women to property? A property that can be publicly flogged at whim by “religious police”, or…

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