You don't bring me freedom anymore

Barbra Streisand ponders the future of women in Iraq.

Published January 6, 2006 11:46PM (EST)

Chanteuse Barbra Streisand, who posts frequent political commentaries on her Web site, is back from the holidays with this blast about the mess in Iraq. This will not be breaking news to Salon readers, but we thought it was notable that Streisand's trying to draw attention to the future of women in Iraq:

"With the recent Iraqi election, the only regime that we have helped erect is a theocratic one, where fundamentalist Islamic law will likely continue to repress the Iraqi people, spread religious intolerance and deny basic rights to women," Streisand writes.

"...With the religious Shiite faction having gained control of the Iraqi government, religious law will be high on their agenda. The Islamic law that is favored by the Shiite fundamentalists has horrible implications for women. 'Personal status' law, which governs marriage, divorce, inheritance, burial, and other issues, will likely replace the uniform civil code. It is possible that the December election may be the first and last 'free' election the Iraqi people will participate in."

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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