A War Justified by “Women’s Rights”

Photo composite by New York Times

Today, the New York Times reported that the American death toll in Afghanistan has reached 1000.  I think it’s worth taking note of this “grim milestone” here at RE/VISIONIST for several reasons.

Neither the war in Iraq nor the war in Afghanistan receives front-page attention anymore, despite the fact that violence and killing go unabated.  This war in particular has been branded and marketed as a fight for women’s rights, framed with the goal of helping young girls go to school (Laura Bush has been at the forefront of this campaign.)  Afghan women have been portrayed as helpless victims of Islam, which has come to justify the violence. Continue reading “A War Justified by “Women’s Rights””