Women in Combat

Kathleen Parker pulls no punches in analyzing the lessons in the capture of the British sailorwoman by Iran.

What kind of man, one shudders to wonder, is willing to allow his country’s women to be raped and tortured by other men of enemy nations? None that I know, but our military is gradually weaning men of their intuitive inclination to protect women — which, by extrapolation, means ignoring the screams of women being assaulted.

At the point when our men can stand by unfazed while American servicewomen are raped and tortured, then we will have no cause to fight any war. We will have already lost.

Feminists may hail the movement of women into combat roles in the military as a victory for equality, but in reality, it is a loss for women, and the little children they leave behind. When a society demotes its women from their position of honor and treats them like “one of the boys,” it loses any claim to civility.

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