Barbara Walters had done a story on gender roles in Kuwait
several years before the Gulf War, and she noted then that
women customarily walked about 10 feet behind their
She returned to Kuwait recently and observed that the men
now walked several yards behind their wives.
Ms. Walters approached one of the women for an explanation.
"This is marvelous," she said. "What enabled women here to
achieve this reversal of roles?"
The Kuwaiti woman replied, "Land mines."