Syria has forbidden the country's students and teachers from wearing the niqab — the full Islamic veil that reveals only a woman's eyes — taking aim at a garment many see as political. . . . The veil is linked to Salafism, a movement that models itself on early Islam with a doctrine that is similar to Saudi Arabia's. In the broad spectrum of Islamic thought, Salafism is on the extreme conservative end.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100719/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_syria_islamic_veils
Muslim Syria now joins Muslim Turkey, Muslim Egypt, Muslim Jordan and Muslim Lebanon in recognizing that the full veil is not a "religious obligation" but "a declaration of extremism" endorsed by the most radically fundamentalist branch of the world wide Muslim community.
Why would any one in the West disagree?