Thursday, September 29, 2005

Turks Challenge Hughes On Iraq

Turks Challenge Hughes On Iraq: " group of Turkish women's rights activists confronted Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes on Wednesday with emotional and heated complaints about the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, turning a session designed to highlight the empowering of women into a raw display of the anger at U.S. policy in the region.
'This war is really, really bringing your positive efforts to the level of zero,' said Hidayet Sefkatli Tuksal, an activist with the Capital City Women's Forum. She said it was difficult to talk about cooperation between women in the United States and Turkey as long as Iraq was under occupation."

What do Charlotte Beers, Margaret Tutwiler and Karen Hughes have in common, other than lives marked by professional success? They each approach America's low standing in the Muslim, and in the non-Muslim world, as though America has an image problem that can be fixed with better public relations. The dreadfully poor standing of the US is not going to be fixed designing a new box, telling Muslims that some of our best friends have been on hajj, or that their politics are the underlying cause of our problems. Look at the polls ladies. Muslims like many aspects of America--its technology, education and popular culture, well not all of its popular culture but a lot of it--the problem is what America does in the Muslim world, and especially in the Middle East.
The Turkish women in this encounter with Hughes have done here a favor, if only she would shut-up and listen.

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