Scott Horton Interviews Bretigne Shaffer

Scott Horton, August 19, 2010

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Bretigne Shaffer, author of the article “Saving Women and Preventing Genocide: The Real Reasons We’re in Afghanistan Now,” discusses the ridiculous notion of harmonious societies created by foreign occupation armies, a reminder that Aisha’s mutilation by Taliban decree happened eight years into the “protective” U.S. occupation, the very real WSJ divide between the editorial and news divisions, the American predilection to take harmful action rather than no action and how economic prosperity is generally beneficial to the plight of women (as well as everyone else).

MP3 here. (19:18)

Bretigne Shaffer is a writer and filmmaker, and the author of Why Mommy Loves the State. Her article “Saving Women and Preventing Genocide: The Real Reasons We’re in Afghanistan Now” is at LewRockwell.com. Visit her website.

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  3. Great interview, thanks!
    Any violence will have a tendency to radicalize a society and just make things worse, driving the population right into the arms of the lesser evil. There's something to be said for good old common sense. This cynical hijacking of "womens' rights" to bolster up support for the occupation is pretty disgusting.

  4. Well, hell, the U.S. Government–which lies about anything and everything, it seems–has to come up with another lie, another "rationale" for why we're in Afghanistan.

    Let's get the hell out.

  5. "Aisha’s mutilation by Taliban decree happened eight years into the “protective” U.S."

    Please explain why you are accepting Time as an authoritative source on anything. It is not clear to me that the Taliban decreed anything. If you want to present the Time story as fact fine, but at least link to the Taliban press release denying it. I get the impression that there is a kind of propaganda campaign where stories to the effect "The Taliban are horrible uncivilized crazies but you know we have to leave for purely selfish reasons".

    Butler: Being in a war zone is bad for women.
    War party response: Sorry honey if decent manly men like us leave Afghanistan at the request of narcissistic people like you there will be an even worse civil war.

    New statement from the Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan: “Response Regarding A Picture Published By Time Magazine” http://azelin.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/new-statem

    “Taliban execute woman in public” Real or rhetorical propaganda?
    http://www.alemarah-iea.com/english/index.php?opt

    Once again the accusations do not match up exactly with Islamic law.

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