I have always been uncomfortable around Muslim women wearing the full veil or Burqa. Growing up in Karachi, I only knew one woman who wore a full veil - "Apaa" my Urdu and Quran teacher. I just never encountered in my 12 years there many women who wore a veil.
Thus, now, it is so surprising for me to see Muslim women veiled in Western countries. On the one hand - the feminist in me wants to shake them up and say: "Why? Oh Why? are you doing this?" - but then the other feminist says: "Its a free world - they can wear whatever they want to wear."
What I don't like is that for those who are wearing a Veil, or those advocating a veil the view that the ONLY RIGHT THING for Muslim women is to wear the veil. That somehow Islam compels the wearing of veil and not wearing one is un-Islamic. That is simply not true!!
Here in the West I think the veil for many young women is becoming a symbol of rebellion. I suspect that this act of rebellion takes the most of guts as it really makes you stick out. Kind of similar to wearing a two piece bikini in Makkah.
Anyway as a Muslim - I am always really awkard around women with veils. I don't know if I should smile at them. If I can shake their hand. Or if I should just ignore them? Can someone please write a guide on this?!
Some articles and multi-media on the veil: