The cover of this week’s Time Magazine is, no doubt about it, genuinely a shocker, showing as it does a lovely young Afghan woman. Lovely that is, but for the yawning orifice in the middle of her face where her nose should be. As the text explains,young Aisha had run away from husband and abusive in-laws. Caught, the local Taliban commander ordered her to be punished. Her brother-in-law held her down while her husband took a knife and first cut off her ears and then her nose as she writhed and screamed before her village folk. According to Time’s Managing Editor Richard Stengel, Aisha is now in a secret place, cared for by NGO Women for Afghanistan. Shortly she will be flown to the States for restorative surgery at the Grossman Burn Foundation.
Who would have thought it? Passover and Easter those two most powerful days of remembrance for Jews and Christians are upon us again. Yet this year we look upon them with something of a fresh look, as just a few months ago a book, “The God Delusion” by Oxford don Richard Dawkins hit the bestseller lists and has been maintaining a strong position there ever since.