John Kerry throws freedom-seeking ladies below the bus
by Michelle Malkin
It’s confirmed: The “F” inside John. F. Kerry stands for “Feckless.” Women all over the world no longer should question whether America’s secretary of state usually stand boldly with them inside protection of their simple rights. He won’t.
On Monday, Kerry was inside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Anyone with a telephone or an Internet connection inside plus outside the nation knows what’s been going about there. The kingdom has been rocked by women protesting the Muslim nation’s retrograde ban about woman motorists. Over the previous 2 weeks, the protesters plus their supporters have taken to social media to stress the oppressive sharia-enforcing regime. It is truly the only nation inside the planet which won’t enable its girls — 20 million of them — to get driver’s licenses.
Women may have vehicles. They really can’t drive them. These are typically forced to hire guy motorists, whom frequently harass them, crash their vehicles, can’t be trusted plus soak up half of their paychecks. Many females depend about taxi motorists, that turn 10-minute commutes into two-hour commutes. Others are held hostage inside their own homes.
Foreign females are not even enabled to employ their native licenses to drive inside the Saudi kingdom. Over the weekend, a Kuwaiti girl was arrested inside Saudi Arabia for driving her sick dad to the hospital. The Kuwait Times reported which “according to a Khafji authorities report, the female was caught driving a Chevrolet Epica … inside front of the hotel inside the location situated close to the edge with Kuwait, whilst a Kuwaiti guy was inside the passenger’s seat. The girl told the officers which the guy was her dad, adding which he is diabetic plus cannot drive plus which she had to take him to the hospital for treatment.” The girl stayed inside custody “pending investigations.”
Manal al-Sharif, the 34-year-old woman computer scientist leading the protest movement, invested 9 days inside jail inside 2011 for “incitement to public disorder” for driving her brother’s auto inside public. Fourteen alternative girls confronted arrest for participating inside last month’s demonstration; more confronted death threats. Tariq al-Mubarak, a man supporter plus significant school instructor whom helped the October protesters, was held inside custody by Saudi inside ministry investigators for a number of days.
This was the roiling cultural context for a reporter’s easy query to Kerry about Monday. “I was thinking,” the journalist asked, “what the take is about females driving in Saudi Arabia?” Kerry’s take was … to take cover. “With regard to the problem of ladies driving here inside Saudi Arabia,” he filibustered, “it’s no secret which inside the United States of America you embrace equality for everybody, irrespective of gender, race or any different qualification.” And then came the “but.” The crapweasel “but.”
“But it’s as much as Saudi Arabia to create its own decisions regarding its own social structure options plus timing for any occasions. I recognize there’s a debate. We really talked regarding this at lunch,” Kerry ducked. What he “actually talked about” he wouldn’t state. “There’s a healthy debate inside Saudi Arabia regarding this matter, yet I think which debate is ideal left to Saudi Arabia, the individuals involved inside it, all who recognize where you inside the United States of America stand about this matter.”
Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy. No unequivocal shout-outs for the courageous ladies endangering arrest for just getting behind the wheel? No paean to the cherished flexibility to move about because you please? No stirring affirmation of the connection between movement plus women’s dignity? Nada.
Of course, we’ve come to anticipate nothing lower than pure fecklessness within the foggy minds at Foggy Bottom. Kerry’s predecessor, feminist hero Hillary Clinton, that preferred “quiet diplomacy” found on the matter, had to be dragged into the Saudi females driver’s debate inside 2011. Even then, she soft-pedaled her message: “I wish To, again, underscore plus highlight which this might be not regarding the United States; it’s not regarding what any of you found on the outside state,” she mentioned. “It is regarding the females themselves plus their proper to raise their concerns with their own government.”
These “progressive” Democrats are all for championing women’s rights plus global human rights whenever it matches them: at Hollywood soirees, Vogue photograph shoots, fancy state dinners plus black-tie honor ceremonies. However stick their Hermes-wrapped necks out when inside favor of standard human dignity plus risk upsetting the mullahs to their encounters? Never. This really is Obama’s America: leading within the sidelines.blog comments driven by Disqus