This post was inspired by the double standards of the Islamic faith; while NOT allowing ladies to bear arms, they are allowed to recruit. In my book, that makes you a soldier. Ask any medic, of any country, in any war; the red cross may as well be a bulls eye on a dart board.
If you think I am wrong, think back to Vietnam. The world was shocked at the images of the girl running down the street with Napalm burning her back. How many of you recall this?
A Vietnamese child carrying a hat in front of her, walks calmly to a Med-evac chopper with the INTERNATIONAL sign of peace emblazoned on the hull. Silently, she drops the hat, to reveal a hand grenade; which she throws into a chopper full of wounded men - NOBODY recalls that - I'm not surprised.
My Lai - I am not judging what happened - only explaining the background. I wouldn't judge, I wasn't there, and can't think what the soldiers thought at the time.
The US marines were in a jungle; in a land full of people who hated them. Some of the men had been captured and tortured, their cries were broadcast on wireless sets in the trees endlessly for the troops to hear. How would you react?
If you want a good read about the role of women in WW1, I recommend Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy. Other good reads by Ms. Barker include Life Class & Toby's room. All the books describe the horrors of the war, and the beginning of the modern craze for plastic surgery.
While not allowing women to fight, Muslims are showing the world how backward they truly are. As far back as the Romans, women warriors have been feared - perhaps this is the reason - it isn't religion, but a real fear of women.
The most feared fighters in WW2 were the Russian snipers, many Germans would happily take on a battalion of men, rather than these ladies; who would fight to the death, rather than be captured and risk rape. Women make the best snipers, they are far more patient than men.
During WW2,many planes were flown to air bases in the UK by women pilots. The list of Armed services in the west is endless from the WRAF, WRNS,ATS, IDF, US Marine corps, to many more.
Native American women often fought with their men in battle, they had no choice. Since the last war, Jewish units have had to use women.
If you ask anyone working in a recruiting office, they'll tell you; they are as much a target as any front line soldier. Especially with the cowardly terrorist attacks increasing.
Women in the west have had rights to be considered equal citizens since the 1960's, and have had the vote since before WW2.