Friday, August 16, 2013

Can A Woman Save Us From A World Of Woe?

Kathleen Parker's column about how Hillary Clinton can Save The World has to be read to be believed:
Op-ed columns are filled with advice about what Hillary needs to do. She needs a narrative. A message. It can’t be that she’s a Clinton or a woman. It has to be . . . 
Here’s a thought: She can save the world. 
Yes, all right, perhaps that’s a trifle hyperbolic, but hear me out. And keep in mind that this works only as a long game. We may not live to see salvation but one has to start somewhere. Thus far invasions, bunker-busting mega-bombs and killer drones seem not to be having the desired effect. 
Let’s begin with a working (and provable) premise: Women, if allowed to be fully equal to men, will bring peace to the planet. This is not so far-fetched a notion. One, men have been at it for thousands of years, resulting in millions and millions of corpses. Two, countries where women are most oppressed and abused are also the least stable. 
Three, as women become more empowered, especially financially, countries become more stable. When women have money, they can feed their families, get health care, educate their children, start businesses and so on. The ripple effect is stronger families, stronger communities and ultimately saner nations. 
This fact, reinforced by numerous economic studies, has not escaped the attention of corporate America, which is investing heavily to reach women in developing countries. As Muhtar Kent, the CEO of Coca-Cola, put it: “Women are already the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic force in the world today.”
It's a "provable premises" that women will bring peace to the planet, eh? Have you mentioned that to Margaret Thatcher? Golda Meir? How about Argentine President Christina Kirchner, who has been wagging the dog over The Falklands? Or how about Hillary herself, who chortled "We came. We saw. He died" about the late Muommar Qaddafi? The list could go on, all the way back to Queen Elizabeth, Joan of Arc and beyond.

Women who gain political power have no problem waging war. Any study of history will teach you that, but I assume that's not the sort of studying the Kathleen Parkers of the world like to do.

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