Saturday, August 07, 2010

The cover of Time magazine is said to be controversial... just keep in mind... it's only a cover... and just as surly as there is more to the magazine than the cover... rest assured there is much more abuse of women and children than what shows up on the cover.

TIME article
The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband's house. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn't run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Aisha's brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose. (See managing editor Richard Stengel's message to readers about this week's cover.)

This didn't happen 10 years ago, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. It happened last year. Now hidden in a secret women's shelter in Kabul, Aisha listens obsessively to the news. Talk that the Afghan government is considering some kind of political accommodation with the Taliban frightens her. "They are the people that did this to me," she says, touching her damaged face. "How can we reconcile with them?"....

So... do you really want to walk away from Afghanistan?

If so you are no friend to women... nor children.

xtnyoda, shalomed



Blogger On the Mark said...

I saw this in the checkout line last night. I take your point. But, upon the slightest twinge of feeling that Time might be an ally of a sort, I had to wonder what they were really up to.

Surely Time is lobbying the public for support for Obama's policy in Afghanistan, as is standard operating procedure for Time and other statist publications.

I'm certainly not against winning in Afghanistan, but I suspect our definition for victory there should be different than for Iraq. Certainly, we cannot accept uncritically either Time's or Obama's definition of victory. And to "walk away" is by no means the only alternative. American policy in Afghanistan, and everywhere else, can only be appropriate when it serves the interests of America.

The Taliban is evil and our enemy. Such images inspire us and they should, but not necessarily toward the actions prescribed by America's other enemies, like Time and Obama.

9:58 AM  
Blogger XtnYoda said...

Astute observations.


10:18 AM  

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