I've long felt that one of the more tragic perversities of the post-9/11 world is that the progressive movement made a very clear choice to back "the enemies of our enemy" at all costs. In other words, whoever hates Bush as much as they do is considered a partner in The Cause. Unfortunately, as the U.S. found out during the anti-communist era, a common enemy does not always necessitate having anything else in common ideologically.
Aligning themselves with the absolute worst elements of the misogynistic/homophobic reactionaries of the world, the anti-war "left" has become a de facto purveyer of hatred against two minorities that the progressive movement built its foundations on decades ago - gays and women. The impending crises that face the westernized world will also reach a crisis point within the progressive left eventually. There is a terrible choice being made implicitly right now by the same people that marched in the streets in our name at one point, and that is a choice to stand with foreign elements that would sooner see gays and women stoned to death than have any right to determine their own fate.
Some progressives are finally waking up. Instapundit points us to a powerful piece in The Australian by Pamela Bone. As Reynolds says, read the whole thing. She makes the painfully obvious but often disregarded point that as bad as you may find certain Western leaders, there is some real scary shit going down in places like Iran that deserve some unequivocal denunciation. She concludes that as important as political labels like "feminist" can be for a person's self-image, sometimes there are things, like feminism itself, that should take precedence:
Most of us 1970s feminists are grandmothers now. Lifelong socialist and humanist that I am, if fighting to prevent the possibility that my granddaughters - our granddaughters - will one day be forced to wear a burka makes me right-wing, then right-wing is the label I'll have to wear.
Right on, sister.