Please allow me to quote an Associated Press news article from last week:
“DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The first
female air force pilot in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. Last week Mariam al-Mansouri, a F-16 pilot from the UAE, was introduced to the world, smiling out from under her helmet and hijab after launching air strikes in Syria, part of a US-led campaign against Islamic State.
“[By doing so, she positioned herself] in the conflict
“For some Americans, she was a sort of Katharine Hepburn meets Amelia Earhart who had shattered prevalent stereotypes of Arab women.”
If you’ve read my writing for very long you know that Amelia Earhart is one of my three human heroes. She, like Ms. Mansouri, was a trailblazer for women in the aviation world. Our civilization has had many, male and female, who have stepped out to lead toward new horizons. Sadly to say, some led in the wrong direction.
But women in combat? In a fighter jet? I’ve yearned to pilot a small airplane for as long as I can remember. So, from that standpoint, I admire Ms. Mansouri. But I wouldn’t go for the risks encountered in military air strikes.
Would you want to do what Ms. Mansouri did? Would you want that for your daughter or sister? Share your feelings on this. Again, you don’t have to agree with me but I would be glad to read your opinions.