I read on the Internet the other day that in Pakistan the men have decided that women cannot vote in the upcoming national election. In Afghanistan women are not allowed to go to school and get an education. In Iraq, if a woman is raped, she is punished, not the rapist. And around the world we are sacrificing our young men and women to bring democracy to all, especially the downtrodden, like the women of the world.
Do we really believe we are going to change the thinking in these parts of the world? Do we think that all the lives spent by our youths will make a difference? I think not, and if our leaders believe differently, then they are living in a world of fantasy.
All Americans and people in all the civilized societies of the world want to help those who are being denied basic freedoms, but it is time to realize that those countries that deny basic freedoms are still living in the Stone Age. They do not want the civilized countries of the world telling them they are demagogues and religious zealots. They want to be left alone. Letís not spend another single life of an American or any other citizen of the free world to change what is centuries of ancient culture and beliefs.