Injustice in Iran provoked AOC to come close to criticizing radical Islam as oppressive for women. But she couldn’t quite get there and fell back on her usual woke pablum.
A woman named Mahsa Amini died in police custody in Iran, allegedly murdered for refusing to wear a hijab. This cruelty caused mass protests including the burning of hijabs. Police responded with brutality.
Of course, AOC did not use the words “radical Islam” or even “Islam” in her critique, but she did attribute Amini’s alleged murder to “patriarchical and autocratic forces repressing women” although she followed it with the caveat “the world over.” [emphasis added] She makes it seem as if the struggles women face in Iran are similar to those faced in western countries.
Additionally, AOC had the audacity to directly compare American women’s restricted access to abortions to Iranian women not even being able to decide what they wear, stating, “The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care.”
Quite a flagrant false equivalency that is so plainly political. There is no rational reason to link Iranian women’s fight for fundamental freedoms to American women’s disregard for innocent life.
This is an excellent example of the hyperbolic hysteria of the American left when it comes to abortion. Whether they truly believe they have lost their basic human rights and have been relegated to second class citizens, or they’re playing victims to get their way.
While that may have been apparent before, it is now blatant. What should have been a rallying cry for Americans to stand up against the oppressiveness of radical Islamic theocracies is now just a narcissistic nitwit needlessly venting about how bad American women have it. AOC’s crazy comparison takes away from the fact that she actually said something somewhat critical of radical Islam.