Thursday, April 24, 2008

Iran's Female Activists Shudder at Talk of War

Iranian activists are bravely pushing for women's rights. But Soheila Vahdati warns that an outbreak of an Iran-Israeli war that involves the Bush White House would fan the flames of fundamentalism and destroy the cause. The possibility of U.S. military action against Iran has been rising this month along with the saber rattling between Israel and Iran. Some analysts have speculated that Israel might attack Iran to stop its nuclear activities, which the West fears are a front for weapons development. Iran has responded by saying it will obliterate Israel if it comes under attack. Amid this, female activists in Iran hope that war can be avoided, fearing the Iranian women's movement would be among the first casualties. This would be a major loss because the women's movement is making progressive gains. Read the full article here.

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