Thursday, September 05, 2002
More on our friends the Saudis: I spotted this item last week over at National Review Online, but never got around to addressing it. A piece by Kathryn Jean Lopez takes Congress to task for considering a bill "allowing American servicewomen and other Prince Sultan airbase personnel to go off base without the attire the kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires all women to wear."
If you hadn't figured it out by now, I'm no fan of Saudi Arabia. But Lopez does have a point -- it can be dangerous in a misogynistic society for American women to fail to blend in.
In Saudi Arabia, an American woman is risking actual jail time — and who knows what else — when she fails to wear the mandatory abaya.
However, I'm going to have to disagree. I think American women should be allowed to wear their uniform off base (as long as those weak-willed Saudi men aren't tempted by American female ankles), including their firearms. If the Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has a problem, these fine American soldiers can make sure it's the last problem they ever have -- they should shoot them.
That's something that abused Saudi women could get behind -- a firearm -- the world's greatest equalizer.