Barbara Walters, on one of her 20/20 broadcasts, did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.
She returned years later, and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem happy to maintain the old custom.
The ultra-liberal Ms. Walters, seeking proof the Afghani women were repressed, approached one of the Afghani women and asked, ‘Why do you now seem content with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?’
The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, “Land mines.”