However the daily violence which Afghan women live under by virtue of the continued occupation is treated in a very different light. The Algerian war-the most hallucinatory war that any people has ever waged to smash colonial aggression. The continued military involvement in Afghanistan is sometimes legitimated in terms of ensuring a better future for Afghan women. The purpose of this essay is to highlight and analyze the different aspects of an overt campaign of oppression.
Or is it more than a game of dominance and a cycle of aggression? In this rubric Arab and African women are crying out for saviours: their oppression is so deeply entrenched that at first they may not even realise that they are in desperate need of assistance! Fanon inverts the veil and shows how by fighting the French, women also asserted their place in Algerian society, and by virtue of struggle struck at both the mystifications of the colonial project and patriarchy in their own country. Like many other Afghans, I risked my life during the dark years of Taliban rule to teach at underground schools for girls. The Algerian war-the most hallucinatory war that any people has ever waged to smash colonial aggression.
Progress is useful when it serves to justify extraction and domination but the lip service stops once the colonised actually start to embody concrete freedom through the process of resistance. The immense role they were called upon to play was described to them. The occupied country or city becomes a playground for phobias, for sadism. In this rubric Arab and African women are crying out for saviours: their oppression is so deeply entrenched that at first they may not even realise that they are in desperate need of assistance!
Behind the visible, manifest patriarchy, the more significant existence of a basic matriarchy was affirmed. On the other hand, going alone means refusing to give satisfaction to the boss; it means running the risk of being out of a job.
The immense role they were called upon to play was described to them. It is by their apparel that types of society first become known, whether through written accounts and photographic records or motion pictures. Within the general pattern of a given costume, there are of course always modifications of detail, innovations which in highly developed societies are the mark of fashion.
The colonial obsession with ordering and with ensuring the visibility of the dominated tells us much about the problematic shackling of human progress with aggressive imperialism. Such a confused moral geography is still at play within contemporary imperialist adventures. This war has mobilized the whole population, has driven them to draw upon their entire reserves and their most hidden resources. Convening the woman, winning her over to the foreign values, wrenching her free from her status, was at the same time achieving a real power over the man and attaining a practical, effective means of destructuring Algerian culture. It is on the basis of the analyses of sociologists and ethnologists that the specialists in so called native affairs and the heads of the Arab Bureaus coordinated their work. Every kilo of semolina flour distributed was accompanied by a dose of indignation against the veil and the cloister.
It is by their apparel that types of society first become known, whether through written accounts and photographic records or motion pictures.
While people of the South, were used to living under despotisms, and stagnant, conformist cultures, it was only in Europe that the right to privacy and freedom of expression were ensured and internalized.