As Amnesty International calls for the Taliban to be prosecuted for war crimes, in her latest article, Ann Jones has joined the critics of Time Magazine's cover of Aisha, the mutilated Afghan girl. She writes, "
the logic of those who use Aisha's story to convince us that the US military must stay in Afghanistan escapes me."
In my struggle to make sense of Jones' line of argument, I came up with a list of questions that I thought I would post here as an open letter to her. I hope she answers them.
1. It’s clear that Jones doesn’t like the US military or NATO, though she also acknowledges that “If we leave, the Taliban may seize power or allow themselves to be bought in exchange for a substantial share of the government, to the detriment of women.” What’s not clear is what she does like. What, in her opinion, should happen instead? And how?
2. Jones says she has a different story about Aisha than what Time reported. So in the purpoted ambiguity of the facts Jones outlines,...More >>