Considering these facts, I find it interesting that the OECD now wants to measure improvement in the representation of women in Iraq comparatively to an electoral period that they themselves did not recognize. However, the information is no less compelling, particularly the fact that a similar increase in female political participation has been witnessed in Pakistan. I think that one of the by-products of an increased American presence in the Middle East over the first couple decades of the 21st century will be the unprecedented improvement in the condition of women living in Islamic states.
So often I make this point when arguing with friends about the impact of the US invasion, only to have my head bitten off by the most vehement anti-Bushies who insist that this wasn't our motivation and should not be used as a justification. To me the motivations are far less important than the results, and if liberal wackos want to argue that the invasion was a disaster because of its consequences and the violence it has caused in the region, but believe it unimportant to weigh the more beneficial by-products of Iraqi liberation, then they are hypocrites. Our last best hope for the Middle East is in the liberation of the fairer sex, which should be blatantly apparent to everyone who has watched Iraq become consumed in violence.