I found both of these on the front page of CNN today. The first is about Berkeley's animosity towards Marine recruiters in their town. The second story is about women being murdered in Iraq for not following the strict teachings of Islam. Note that the majority of the protestors shown in the first article are women. Now, I certainly understand that these crimes towards women are happening even though there are Marines in Iraq, but it seems like the US military is the best option of stopping any of these crimes. It's not like the Iraqi police or military forces are going to do much about it, especially since they have so many radicals amongst their own ranks. Still, I find it rather ridiculous that these protestors could be making such an arguement against the war and the US military when the women in that country clearly need help from their own countrymen. Maybe it's a misguided pairing and thought, but I'll be damned if I didn't find it highly ironic. As part of this, I think we should arm all of the women in Iraq. Maybe that'd make their attackers think twice. F*cking fundamentalist assholes.