September 12, 2013
Not All Victims are Heroes
This piece by Phyllis Chesler goes side by side with Rusty's Recent editorial When Academics Flop on the Couch of a "Syrian Moderate"
I once married a Muslim "man of color" and assumed, unthinkingly that, as an outsider himself, he might somehow identify with and make common cause with women.We aspire to relate to them, to find common ground. To see that we're all the same, but the reality is we're not.
I found that this misguided assumption was untrue and, in my new book, "An American Bride in Kabul," I write about my unsentimental education in such matters, an education which took place both in America and in Afghanistan long ago.
I had also once assumed that all formerly colonized peoples and Third World impoverished countries were filled with naturally noble inhabitants who were instinctively spiritual and kind to each other.
I quickly discovered that barbarism is indigenous to such regions, and that tribal and religious wars, the most profound misogyny, cruelty, and corruption were accepted asnormal." It was only a crime to criticize such practices.