Keith Harmon Snow
Civilians always bear the brunt of today’s wars. In Afghanistan the stereotypical western image images have men riding camels and women wearing veils. Beyond this, most westerners seem to understand little about what Afghanistan is really like and nothing about Afghan culture. There are many ugly slurs and references about Afghan men. Words like, towel heads and camel jockeys. This kind of language represents the leading edge of dehumanizing and ‘other-ing’ by one group of people targeting another with hatred and/or violence. This is both precursor and elemental to genocide.