Guess the Benighted Wasteland

State number one sports a former president on trial for war crimes. He claims he is innocent of all charges and that his acts of genocide were merely self-defense. He says his cause was “just and holy.” He says they were only defending themselves from perceived Muslim aggression.

No, it’s not the United States, despite the parallels. Ha ha! No American politician is going to go on trial for war crimes. No, it’s former Serb president Radovan Karadzic.

Former leader Radovan Karadzic has said the Serb cause in the Bosnian war was “just and holy” as he began his defence at his genocide trial at The Hague.

Mr Karadzic, who led the Bosnian Serbs during the war in the 1990s, said there was a core group of Muslims in Bosnia – then and now – who wanted 100% power.

Mr Karadzic faces two charges of genocide – including the killing in Srebrenica of more than 7,000 men and boys – as well as nine other counts including murder, extermination, persecution and forced deportation.

Prosecutors say he orchestrated a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” against Muslims and Croats in eastern Bosnia to create an ethnically pure Serbian state.

In his opening statement last October, prosecutor Alan Tieger said Mr Karadzic “harnessed the forces of nationalism, hatred and fear to pursue his vision of an ethnically segregated Bosnia”.

Legislators in State number two have introduced a bill that would criminalize miscarriage of a pregnancy.

Says one lawmaker, “If he’s insinuating because I ran this bill, because I’m pro-life and anti abortion and I’m doing everything in my power to restrict abortions [here], then he’s absolutely correct.”

Perhaps the most troubling part of the bill is a standard that could make women legally responsible for miscarriages caused by so-called “reckless” behavior. Under the “reckless behavior” standard, an attorney only needs to show that the woman behaved in a manner that is thought to cause miscarriage, even if she did not intend to lose the pregnancy. Under this law, if a woman drinks too much and has a miscarriage, she could face prosecution.

Many states have fetal homicide laws, most of which apply only in the third trimester. [This] bill, however, would apply through the entire duration of a woman’s pregnancy. Even common first trimester miscarriages could trigger a murder trial.

The bill does exempt from prosecution fetal deaths due to failure to follow medical advice, accept treatment, or refuse a cesarean section.

What could possibly go wrong?

Miscarriage occurs in about 15-20% of all recognized pregnancies, and usually occurs before the 13th week of pregnancy. The actual percentage of miscarriages is estimated to be as high as 50% of all pregnancies, since many miscarriages occur without the woman ever having known she was pregnant.

So what backwards, misogynist, woman-hating, gynophobic, phallocentric culture are we talking about? If you guessed Utah, you’re right.

rare photo of Utah women

Utahns compel their women to wear concealing garments, because their stern god commands them to. They wear flowing garments that cover them from neck to toes and fingers, leaving only the head exposed.


Filed under church and state, domestic terrorism, hijab

3 responses to “Guess the Benighted Wasteland

  1. zokilavabe

    whoa wtf are you talking about!? 99.9% of women in Utah are just like any other woman in the US. This is truly disappointing…
    I suggest you take this post down.

  2. peaceful anarchist

    So let me summarize here, as you cover a lot of ground with logic that takes the course of a ricocheting ping-pong ball. We are looking at places and cultures, other than those who adhere to the tenets of Islam, who kill in the name of God and are mysoginistic. And the point is? Hate and tyranny are basic human traits and the course of history shows they don’t limit themselves to one religion/culture. I assume no one over the age of 30 would argue that the crime of the Serbians against the Muslims in the 90’s were egregious and shameful, so I am not sure what your point is. You italicized the word “perceived”, your point is? Perhaps to you it was “perceived” agression, but to a nation of people who were subjected to forced conversion and designated second class citizens by the Turks, it was a very real and historically painful aggression. You may want to check your history there. Then we move from Serbia to Utah. Obviously the article’s title is misleading. Again, they are not criminalizing miscarriages, they are criminalizing violent and destrucutive behaviour with the intent of killing/aborting a fetus. This is not surprising legislation for a state in which abortion is illegal. The author though, as you do in your blog, of course uses the classic fallacy of argumentum ad populum, to win over her readers. You take it one step further by blasting what you consider to be the residents of Utah with your Ad Hominem Argument that they are all a bunch o woman haters. For someone who pleads for tolerance, and understanding of Arabs, you show incredible disdain for another religion and culture. So which is it? Be tolerant of those you like and not of those you don’t? Also, the population of Utah includes mainstream LDS, and Native Americans, neither of who dress like the women in your highly publicized photo here, which incidentally was not taken of women in Utah, but of the FLDS group in Texas. So while I “think” your intent was “good”, it is irrelevant because your arguments are fallacious; your argumentation falls apart. Perhaps if you take the emotion and bias out of your logic you may come to a more sound conclusion.

  3. Huh, peaceful anarchist, your summary is longer than my post.

    I italicized “perceived” because it points up what a crap rationalization for genocide the Serbs make, which is strikingly similar to our own rationalization for waging war on the Muslim world.

    The disdain I show for another religion and culture is a pose to prove a point. In real life, I have nothing against Mormons; at least not any more than I have against Christians and Muslims.

    The emotion and bias in my post are the point.

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