The cover TIME magazine wouldn’t dare print
There’s been a fair amount of discussion over TIME magazine’s August 2010 cover, and for good reason: it features an arresting photograph of a young Afghan woman with a mutilated face and the headline, “What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan”.
The cover epitomizes the war-perpetuating fantasy that America’s military must not abandon its beneficent, merciful mission to destroy Al-Qaeda/Taliban militants fundamentally redevelop an utterly war-torn society (and in the process empower Afghan women) with its patented “government in a box” (nuts and bolts not included).
So in other words: we can’t leave Afghanistan because if we leave, we won’t be able to accomplish.. what we haven’t been able to accomplish. A quite compelling argument, I admit.
Anyway, this morning I was reading an interesting discussion about all this at Muslimah Media Watch which ended with the thought:
I wonder what the reaction would be if the image was of a woman mutilated in a U.S. raid or drone attack, with the headline “what happens if we stay.”
I thought that was a brilliant idea, and it inspired me to put this together (click to enlarge):
The image on the cover shows a young victim of a US airstrike in Azizabad, Afghanistan in 2008 which killed between 70 and 90 civilians (source).
I only hope that more people can be exposed to the truth of what we do in the context of our wars, so that they might help bring an end to the current occupation in Afghanistan and also be less easily persuaded into supporting other wars in the future.
Feel free to circulate/repost this image.