It may well be a media beat-up, but extremism always has small beginnings, and it's much better to stamp it out quickly than to ignore it until it becomes a much larger problem. Think about it - do you want any female in your circle to be abused, excluded, or shunned on the basis of something they didn't choose, just to make zealots feel more powerful? I wouldn't want to live in such a society.
Roadside bomb kills five border officers in western Iraq (AP)
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