By Anand Gopal, The New Yorker

In the countryside, the endless killing of civilians turned women against the occupiers who claimed to be helping them. More than seventy per cent of Afghans do not live in cities. In rural areas, life under the U.S.-led coalition and its Afghan allies became pure hazard; even drinking tea in a sunlit field, or driving to your sister’s wedding, was a potentially deadly gamble.

[Gopal offers a compelling narrative as to why we should not use women’s rights as a reason to support U.S. war and occupation in the Muslim world, especially Afghanistan.]

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