Remember this woman? She's Safia Taleb al-Souhail, a leading advocate for women's rights in Iraq. The photo above shows her being trotted out as Exhibit A in Bush's 2005 State of the Union Address. Bush had this to say:
"One of Iraq's leading democracy and human rights advocates is Safia Taleb al-Souhail . . . Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country -- and we are honored that she is with us tonight."And now that the Iraqi Constitution appears to be shutting the door on women's rights and, oh, secular democracy in general, she has this to say:
"When we came back from exile, we thought we were going to improve rights and the position of women. But look what has happened -- we have lost all the gains we made over the last 30 years. It's a big disappointment."I think if she were in the balcony again, she might turn that victory sign around and give Bush a nice little U.K. F.U.
(Links through Billmon.)