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S. government in order to frame them within the grand ‘saving Afghanistan’ narrative. 1). This framing positions Afghans as victims, embodied as women and children, apolitical innocents in need of retributive justice from international entities. Afghan women and children as objectified images of human suffering offer a poignant example that resonates symbolically and fits neatly within larger geopolitical saving narratives. The female and child ‘in need of saving’ trope also resonates with the ways in which American women and children are portrayed as providing love, kindness, and assistance in Afghanistan.

2 This speech was intended to evoke an emotional response of sympathy and sorrow toward the ‘heart breaking’ plight of Afghan women and children. S. military actions in Afghanistan (Abu-Lughod 2002, 2013; Hunt 2002; Hirschkind and Mahmood 2002; Young 2003). -led war in Afghanistan was marked by thousands of Afghan civilian deaths and the return of Afghanistan’s civil-war era warlords. S. -led intervention (Rashid 2000, 2008; Mamdani 2005). S. was actively involved in perpetuating the conflict and helping to finance a pan-Islamic Jihad against ‘godless communism’ during the Cold War.

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