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Inside the Middle East
July 17, 2009
Posted: 919 GMT
JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images. An organiser measures the length of an Israeli woman's heel prior to the 'Race on Heels' near the beach in Tel Aviv on July 16, 2009. The competition came to Israel for the first time after being held in Amsterdam, New York and Berlin. During the race all women are asked to run on heels above 7 centimetres on a 50-metre track.
JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images. An organiser measures the length of an Israeli woman's heel prior to the 'Race on Heels' near the beach in Tel Aviv on July 16, 2009. The competition came to Israel for the first time after being held in Amsterdam, New York and Berlin. During the race all women are asked to run on heels above 7 centimetres on a 50-metre track.
JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images. Israeli women compete during the 'Race on Heels' near the beach in Tel Aviv on July 16, 2009.
JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images. Israeli women compete during the 'Race on Heels' near the beach in Tel Aviv on July 16, 2009.
JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images. Jenni Arkchyeb (C) stands on the podium with runners-up after winning the 'Race on Heels' near the beach in Tel Aviv on July 16, 2009.
JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images. Jenni Arkchyeb (C) stands on the podium with runners-up after winning the 'Race on Heels' near the beach in Tel Aviv on July 16, 2009.

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G.   July 17th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

This was a fun thing. Fun is always good. If I had one piece of advice for Mrs. Obama and President Obama, I would tell them to let go of the "world opinion." What does that mean? Not much. Maybe being a bigger target. We have allies such as Israel and England from long ago. Go back to the basics. Our people here need things. We see it daily and it is upsetting. Health care and medicines are a biggie, and a balanced budget. There is a reason that we are 114th on the happy list of countries. Sure Gaza and all those poor people matter. I see my brother-in-law struggling to drive over 200 miles a week to work and pay the bills. I don't see Gaza men busting their rears to find jobs in the oil rich ME. Why? I hate the bombs and even women strap them on. I saw hotels this morning being blown up and hurting real people. What was their crime except they were probably just nice people going on vacation and trying to relax. There are some really mean, even evil, folks out there. I don't care what religion. I don't care what race. I just look for good and bad. Those were bad people. That's pretty simple. I just hope they pay, in the after time, for being that way in some way. I have mixed beliefs about God so won't go there. But, we all can recognize good and bad.

rosemary   July 21st, 2009 10:23 pm ET

i am appalled at the treatment of women. the news shows them being beaten and constantly being told that they are second rate and not important,

but i beg to differ.

a mans sperm can be used to father many children. he does not even have to be alive. his sperm can be gleamed after his demise , iif obtained in a timely manner. and sperm has been frozen for years for later uses. HOWEVER, without women, all that sperm is useless.

women are needed to continue the human race.

put a thousand men on an island and return in a hundred years. who would be alive and there certainly would be no increase in the popluation

. an country insituting one child per family is having priobelms, as females were killed at birth; there are now many males but no one for the males to marry and communities are dissappearing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sperm is needed to fertilize the egg. but once the egg is fertilized,
that egg requires a "live" female to place the egg into. a females womb is required for development of that egg and for birth.

the human race can not /will not continue without women . women are necessary.

man can not exist except he comes through a women to get into the world. .

nothing can take the place of the female and her womb!!!!!!!!!!

therefore, women are important, very important.

G.   July 22nd, 2009 1:20 pm ET

Of course females are important. I've raised two "men." They listen to me. They phone me. In the last Iranian election, the females protested the unfair results. We saw it on the news. They led the protests and refused to run away. We don't see it in North Korea or countries like that? Why not? I guess birth and death don't matter a lot and that's a woman thing. It seems inhuman, but some people like being anonymous and inhuman. I like the Middle East. I don't like North Korea. Take that as you will.

David   July 25th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

But does the quality of this debate reflect how important women are?

G.   July 27th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

No. But it was comic relief and fun. Everyone needs that too a little.

G.   July 29th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

I made it a point lately to look at burkas. Not certain that is the right spelling. Everything is covered but the eyes on the ones I saw. I'm a female, and I was really offended. Beyond words. I was speechless. I am still speechless. Who creates this stuff? And why? Is it fear of women? How can people be so mean to other people? Girls or women, whatever, are really just people.

G.   July 29th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

I was just speechless. Guys wear this kind of restraining stuff? I don't think so. It makes me so mad, I could spit. As a female and not a camel, would never do it. How can ANYONE this is right?

G.   July 29th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

if I were a woman forced to wear this stuff, I'd blow myself up too and hope for the best. It'd have to feel more freeing.

G.   July 29th, 2009 6:33 pm ET

I can really not believe, that anyone, would wear one. I've seen them in small pictures or on the news in passing. Close up, all that shows are the eyes. How terrible. Do real people wear such costumes? And if so, why? Don't their children even care? Mine would have a fit. I guess protesting gets people beaten or killed, or worse yet, imprisoned. I'd probably tell my kids to be quiet. It's a very messed up place in places. Iran and N. Korea and some other places.


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