In Afghanistan, women Marines have begun to accompany foot patrols and encourage positive relationships between soldiers and Afghan civilians. Their tasks include obtaining medical care for Afghan women and encouraging them to sell handicrafts. Babysteps. [NY Times]
Does anyone else feel offended by this? We "encourage [local women] to sell handicrafts"? Really? Because we've spent millions of dollars and countless lives so that we we can come up to a woman who's been through hell and patronizingly tell her to go have a bake sale to make it all better, cause that's how we do it in the good ole US of A?