Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Taliban

Lest anyone be mistaken, I see the subject of the Taliban images below purely in terms of the hypocrisy and failure of an oppressive regime.

It was a regime which violently suppressed both any kind of representative imagery and also homosexuality. Yet those who enforced such suppression chose to have their photographs taken in this way. It demonstrates both the hypocrisy Taliban regime and the failure of its ideology

Now if these photographs had dated from the time before the Taliban when homosexuality was openly practiced in Kandahar and warlords took (and fought over) young male lovers, that would be a different thing altogether.

1 comment:

Luis said...

All innuendos and moralizing aside, these pictures are fascinating. They remind me of the pictures in this book.

Particularly the earlier ones.

--- Luis