Today I read a letter in the Saratogian written by
Amejo Amyot, Saratoga Springs
Letter: Women are crucial to balanced governments
I must admit I agree with about 60 % of the letter but I would like to point out two mistruths.
First Val Keehn was not the Cities first female mayor that distinction belongs to A.C. Dake, now know as A.C.Riley. I am sorry if this goes against the city history according to the DFC but the truth is always better than propaganda.
Second in what I take issue with. In taking of the Iroquois Confederacy and the women’s council as a check to war Amyot states “The women’s council, for instance, could veto war. Women were trusted to seriously weigh the loss of their sons in any conflict.’ Taken at face value this would seem as a fair statement but coming from an Irish Nationalist back round and as a student of the Irish Peace process and as a witness to the behavior of British troops in Northern Ireland I will categorically state that Margaret Thatcher Prime Minister England (1979–1990) “The iron lady” was one of the most brutal heartless impediments to the peace process in a generation.
She also led England in the Falklands War in 1982 supported the bombing of Libya in 1986. In March 1982 Thatcher approved the modernization of the strategic nuclear force of Briton by ordering a new generation of Trident submarines This was one woman who never sat at a council of peace,
Other notable Women who led countries in bloody conflicts in the 20th century.
Indira Gandhi Indian Prime Minister when India declared War with Pakistan in 1971.She also was instrumental in the Indian governments decision to develop Nuclear Weapons
Golda Meir Israeli Prime Minister led Israeli in two wars, Six-Day War in 67 and the Yom Kippur War in 73.She is also considered the “Grandmother” of the Israeli nuclear bomb.
As you can see Amejo, Men by no means have a monopoly on waging war.