Kathleen Parker’s column today has perhaps the best, most cogent argument against women in combat.
The obvious differences between men and women are highlighted, such as the fact that the overwhelming majority of women lack the upper body strength to pull a 220-pound wounded comrade out of harm’s way. But what should convince all of us is the visceral fear of allowing a wife, a mother, or a daughter falling into enemy hands:
We can train our men to ignore the screams of their female comrades, but is this the society we want to create? And though some female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have endured remarkable suffering, their ability to withstand or survive violent circumstances is no rational argument for putting American girls and women in the hands of enemy men.
Yes, there are differences between men and women. We are not equal. Not all jobs should be open to women. Front line combat is one of those.