Monday, October 24, 2005

Iraqi Women Take Up Arms

From the Washington Times:

While most Iraqi women live in fear of terrorists and criminals, one small band of women has taken up arms and is prepared to fight back.

Employed by a private security company, the women ride in the front passenger seat posing as ordinary housewives when the company's drivers transport customers around the city in nondescript vehicles.

But their firearms are always close at hand, and they are trained to respond with force if they come under attack.


"Before I got into this, I was like a normal female; when I heard bullets, I would hide," said Muna, a stocky young woman in a black T-shirt and black pants.

"Now, I feel like a man. When I hear a bullet, I want to know where it came from," she said, sitting comfortably with an AK-47 assault rifle across her legs, red toenails poking out from a pair of stacked sandals. "Now I feel equal to my husband."

If the work provides personal fulfillment for Muna, her colleague Assal -- a divorced mother -- sees it as a cause.

"I have seen a lot of innocent people die," she said, staring out with intense black eyes. "We are trying to defend ourselves and defend each other. I am doing this for my country."
I'm not too thrilled with the "now I feel like a man" line, but in context I think we know what she means. One of the primary guarantees of liberty is the right to defend oneself. I am glad to see that at least some Iraqi women are refusing to be victims.


Rosemary said...

If you would like, I can send you some pics of a graduation of female Iraqi Soldiers. :)

Jules said...

I fully support women taking up arms in the Middle East. Women are treated like second class citizens and they need to show the men they will not be treated as such. Show them you are not afraid, protect your families, don't allow yourselves to be bullied and persecuted.The persecution of women and denial of women's rights is disgusting and unacceptable in this era. I think we should do more to allow women to get an education and to have equal rights around the world. It's proven societies benefit far more from an educated woman than man. She will share and improve her society. If guns in women's hands help men know they mean business and are not afraid, give them to them!