Madeleine Albright: Still Clueless about Some Women's Legal Rights
Nearly fifteen years after she signed an order designating the female-led Iranian resistance organization Mojahedin-e Khalq (aka People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran) as a foreign terrorist organization -- this being part of a politically motivated outreach to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran -- in her capacity as President Bill Clinton's secretary of state, Madeleine Albright is spouting off again. This time she's claiming that she can't understand why any woman would chose to vote for Mitt Romney. This is not exactly surprising.
It seems that Ms. Albright is still clueless about what motivates women and how they relate to those who would abridge their legal rights. And this is not abortion rights, but rather about the right to be regarded as equal in value to one's male counterparts.
For her part, Ms. Albright -- in her infinite wisdom -- chose to kowtow to the mullahs of Iran. Trying to cozy up to the "moderate" government of the then-newly elected President Mohammed Khatami, she agreed to the Iranian ayatollahs' demand that the MEK be placed on the State Department's Foreign Terrorist Organization list. The fact that the MEK was and remains the largest Iranian resistance organization opposed to the misogynist Tehran government since 1981 -- and which since 1993 has been led by women, with its hierarchy dominated by women, all of whom oppose the Iranian government that regards women as legally worth only half the value of a man -- was overlooked by Ms. Albright. It seems that she still doesn't understand these things, figuring that no woman would care enough about such subjects to vote for a candidate who opposes the current government of Iran and supports those who seek a regime change there.
Not to mention that the high courts of the United Kingdom and the European Union required the de-listing of the MEK in 2008 and 2009, respectively, because they found no evidence of MEK links to terrorism. And the D.C. Court of Appeals has ordered Secretary Hillary R. Clinton's State Department to review the MEK's status by October 1, 2012, or it will remove it from the FTO because of a total lack of evidence of terrorist connections.
These are just a few details that Ms. Albright and the Clintons somehow overlook in their view of the world. But there are a lot of Iranian-American women whose families are involved in the MEK's fight against the mullah-regime, who won't be voting with Albright's Democratic Party because they know that Mitt Romney cares more about bringing democracy and equal rights to Iran than does the Clinton-Albright gang and its cohorts in the White House, who seem clueless in their Middle-East policies in general and spineless when it comes to dealing with the Iran of the mullahs.
Sorry, Madeleine, but you still seem as clueless today as you were fifteen years ago. Abortion rights may be important to some women, but basic human rights are even more essential.
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker is founder and chairman of the board of Americans for Democracy in the Middle-East, a grassroots organization dedicated to teaching the public and its elected officials of the need to promote genuine democratic institutions throughout the Middle East region as an antidote to the dangers posed by Islamic fundamentalism. He may be contacted at contact@ADME.ws.