Monday, December 1, 2008

Terrorism That’s Personal

Terrorism in this part of the world usually means bombs exploding or hotels burning, as the latest horrific scenes from Mumbai attest. Yet alongside the brutal public terrorism that fills the television screens, there is an equally cruel form of terrorism that gets almost no attention and thrives as a result: flinging acid on a woman’s face to leave her hideously deformed.

I know, I'm not supposed to cite Kristof because he doesn't advocate for Palestine. And I'm not supposed to mention non-western violence against women because it happens here, too. Except that blinding and deforming with women doesn't happen here. And, no, if you dig up one case, that won't refute my point.

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