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Monday, August 02, 2010

i'm not posting the newsweek cover

it's far too upsetting (as if the words aren't. i know)

CIA Document Calls For Using Afghan Women As Messengers To Humanize The War

The August 9th issue of Time Magazine, with a cover picture of a an Afghan woman, horribly disfigured last year because of the Taliban, is meant to pull at American heartstrings as it asks what will happen to Afghan women if the U.S. withdraws from the country. It has caused considerable comment in numerous publications and blogs (see below for links), including on the Feminist Peace Network blog.
Several serious issues have been raised, first that this appears to be a reduction of facts to support the war effort and secondly that it is yet another callous use of women’s lives to justify war. Reading the article in full (and I’ve seen a copy of the print edition), as well as the excerpt online, one is left wondering if the article is simply a piece of military propaganda. Time editor Rick Stengel, in his introduction to the article seeks to frame it as a contribution to the existing debate about the war:...............


Debra She Who Seeks said...

If they're using women now, children can't be far behind.

a rose is a rose said...

they always have used women and no, children are right on the cusp