Before you read this, read this and this if you haven’t. So first there was the highly objectionable heartstring wrenching piece in TIME on Afghan women, then there is the Wikileaks copy of a CIA document suggesting that Afghan women be used to drum up support for the war, and then we have this piece from the New York Times titled, “Afghan Women Fear the Loss of Modest Gains”.
In a piece that, like the TIME piece is exceptionally devoid of any discussion about the negative aspects of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, the concluding line, quoting an instructor at a girls’ school, sounds like a soundbite from the CIA memo, ““Please,” she pleaded. “Carry our words to people.”
It would appear that we have a trend going here, and not a good one.
And yet another piece from McClatchy, Mullah Omar Orders Taliban Commanders to Target Afghan Women,
Release of the directives comes as Afghan and U.S.-led forces are preparing for a looming new military confrontation with insurgents in the Taliban’s spiritual heartland of Kandahar province.
What convenient timing. Coincidence? In a one week time span, not hardly.