The print version of this article is headlined “Not another morality tale.” Perhaps it’s significant that the Graun changed the title on the web / CIF version. IMHO it’s the foulest article ever to appear in the Graun (and that’s saying something). Here’s an excerpt:
“Misogynist violence is unacceptable, but we must also be concerned by the continued insistence that the complexities of war, occupation and reality itself can be reduced to bedtime stories. Consultation with child psychologists apparently preceded Time’s decision to run the image, but the magazine decided that in the end it was more important for children (and us) to understand that “bad things do happen to people” and we must feel sorry for them. The WikiLeaks revelations of atrocities and civilian deaths are evidence of some rather terrible things that are done to people but are bizarrely judged not to provide a “window into the reality of what is happening”.”
Read the rest here; then puke. This is particularly loathsome:
“The mutilated Afghan woman ultimately fills a symbolic void…” “Symbolic”?!? It looked kind of real to me. Maybe she cut off her own nose to spite her face?
It comes as no surprise to discover that the author of this despicable shite ”teaches postcolonial studies at Cambridge University.”
And, by the way, it’s not necessary to be pro-war to be revolted by the reality of this image, and by Ms Gopal’s filthy, relativist equivocation: coming, as it does, from a privileged woman in academia, who stands no risk of having her nose and ears cut off by clerical fascists, even in the foul, racist “West”.