Imagine a universe where young people are denied an education, or punished when they seek knowledge. Imagine a universe where men who have committed violent crimes are literally slapped on the wrist, and allowed to go free, and where women who have been innocent victims of violent crimes perpetrated by men, are condemned and killed simply because they are victims.
Imagine a universe where women are delegated to the role of “slave breeders”, where men take as many wives as they wish, demand carnal relations at their whim, where the women bear children who they are then forbidden to have any relationship with, where despite bearing the children of the family patriarch, have no rights to family property, or simple human liberties, such as traveling alone in public or driving an automobile.
Image a universe where a thirteen year old female child is forcibly raped, then condemned for “adultery”, placed in a hole in the ground, buried with dirt to the top of her shoulders, immobilized and terrorized, and then stoned to death in front of a crowd of 1,000 rabid Islamic fundamentalists. Then open your eyes, and see that it is not an alternate universe, it is part of our universe, occurring today in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, etc.
Then, except for Afghanistan, consider that the insatiable appetite for oil by free, western nations, is what fuels the economy that enables and empowers the slave owning class of fundamentalist Islamic males. Our need for conspicuous consumption, fueled directly through oil refining in to gasoline, and fueled indirectly through oil burning electrical generation, is the grease that makes the repression and subjugation of humans continue in the Islamic world. As for Afghanistan, its export economy and the repression by the Taliban is driven by the needs of wealthy (in relative terms) westerners, who indulge in and become hooked on the narcotic derivatives of opium.
What can we do to help ourselves economically, and environmentally, and at the same time, help those men, women and children that are repressed, abused, and killed in the feeding of our insatiable appetites?
For more on the cruel facts of life under Islamic fundamentalism, and criminal regimes see:
The CNN report here.
The BBC report here.
The Amnesty International report here.
The latest Los Angeles Times report here.