You mention burkas. Yeah, I do agree with you that the Middle East currently has a bad streak of sexism, as well as authoritarism, extremism and such.
But we must not overlook the fact that there’s a large number of Muslims who are opposed to thas as well, and frequently even more than we are.
And a curiosity about burkas: many Muslim women actually choose to wear them out of their own free will. They are patriots and, since they consider the burka to be a symbol of their culture, wear it proudly. There has been an event where a government proposal against burkas in England (I think) was actually met with animosity from the Muslim women.
Knight represents the fringe on both sides. I get a hoot out of his repetitive rants (though the constant faux/fux news, racist, GOP dying ones are so frequent they became tiresome.) Bill is more rational, but he, too, let’s his bias get ahead of a good discussion. I enjoyed discussions with them because doing the research solidified my views about the subject. Admittedly, I have been playful – mostly in response to Knight because sometimes it is just irresistible to occasionally say something equally outrageous as he says, just to give a little good natured poke. I thought I was getting on with Bill, then he left the discussion. Neither provide evidence of their viewpoint, which I find frustrating.