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Maybe Women are Some Good after All?

But really, they should also include K-9 officers and enlisted.

From Clash Daily, via Weaselzippers, who got it from WSJ, where it’s only available to subscribers:

BOOM: Kurds Send All-Female Soldiers To Fight ISIS, The Reason Why is Hilarious

Posted on August 21, 2014

Kurdish women are bad-ass. You’ll never guess why they’re the ones on the frontline’s against ISIS. Check this out…

The Kurds have adopted a rather unique strategy for not only eliminating their targets, but also humiliating them along the way.

According to WZ, Kurds are deploying whole units comprised of female fighters to the front line, which has boosted their recruitment numbers, and given them a psychological edge over ISIS. One female fighter explained why the Kurds have decided to put women in the thick of the battle, and it’s sure to make radical Islamists go crazy.

“The jihadists don’t like fighting women, because if they’re killed by a female, they think they won’t go to heaven.”

Awesome. The Kurds have an understanding of what it will take to stop ISIS, and it isn’t peace talks or goodwill offerings. It’s bombs, bullets, and brute force.

9 Comments

  1. dioclese says:

    Good for the Kurds – but when is the West going to stop spouting bullshit and platitudes and send the poor sods some guns?

  2. Mark in Mayenne says:

    Maybe the Isis guys don’t know the combatants are women. I like the mental image of terrorists running away from topless gun – wielding women.

  3. NickM says:

    On the subject of topless women… British female soldiers in the ‘stan were having to open their tunics to show they women when they searched Afghan women at checkpoints. A woman in combat pants and carrying an assault rifle being unpossible you see.

  4. Paul Marks says:

    Interesting.

  5. JohnW says:

    I’ll give you another interesting fact — many moons ago [2008] when Konnie Huq was a presenter of the children’s TV show “Blue Peter” the BBC broadcast an “overseas special” featuring the charitable activities of a group called Afghanaid who, among other things, were attempting prevent Afghan women from following their traditional practice of wrapping newborn babies in animal dung.

    Apparently, people who know about these things reckon that wrapping your kids in animal shit is a trifle unhealthy.

    Who’d have guessed?

  6. Julie near Chicago says:

    JohnW, humans come up with ideas and people seem to find them persuasive, or maybe it’s just the “latest greatest” “new knowledge” and it becomes customary to follow the practices…and later (maybe millenia later) other people discover the practice is distinctly harmful, and they have to change the whole mindset of the society in question.

    (Forgive my telegraphy, I’m in a rush.)

    Anyway, maybe 30-40 years ago there was a book called Christy, about a young woman (16? 18?) from Asheville, N.C., very sheltered, who in 1905 or so was persuaded to travel to a part of Appalachia now contained in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, where the people were living in the worst poverty and squalor, and were very “backward” in many respects. The book was a fictionalized autobiography, I believe, and I found it fascinating. In particular there was a Love Interest, a young doctor (name of MacNeil IIRC), and he had to find ways to apply modern medical methods that wouldn’t be dismissed out-of-hand by the locals. In particular, there was a belief that a newborn had to be able to touch the back of its head with its heels, and if it couldn’t the mother would stretch and pull on it until it could. It was “liver-growed,” you see. This often resulted in the rupture of internal organs, of course, and the babies died.

    In the book, it wasn’t that the people were particularly rejecting of new knowledge; they wanted to improve their knowledge and way of life; but you can’t force a whole new mindset on a culture. It takes time for any individual to rearrange his mental maps so as to accommodate the new info. (One interesting thing: the people, mostly illiterate, wanted the suggested school for their children, but to them the hallmark of Education and Higher Learning was to know Latin. They kept insisting that their children be taught Latin. I can’t say that was such a bad idea.)

    There were other examples in the book, but that one did strike me as heartbreaking.

    It was also a well-written thing, a page-turner for me. The only thing was…the lady running the local branch of the charity (it was a Quaker project I think) was a Quaker, and everybody just adored Miss Alice, but I am a great re-reader and having loved the book the first 4 times I read it I picked it up with enthusiasm after about 20 years away from it, I found myself wanting to toss my cookies. The woman was one of those dreadful people who manage to find fault in the sweetest way possible with every dam thing you do. I wanted to shake her! LOL

    Once, twice, even thrice one can forgive. But there comes a point….

  7. Mr Ecks says:

    Pigskin-covered bullets would be another suggestion.

  8. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    A world without women is not one I would care to live in. What would be the point? Although you could keep Connie bloody Huq!

  9. Lynne at Counting Cats says:

    The extremist nut jobs won’t fight ‘em and I guess rape is out of the question too if the guns are anything to go by. Those ladies look like they mean business. More power to them.

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