They have made themselves vulnerable to my misuse of that power. (Kunz, 1998, p.155)
Kunz’s statement further confirms that trust and power can be broken and misused which certainly the case between Seierstad and Khan. But who is right and who is wrong? Who is vulnerable here and who is actually misusing their use of power? That is something which Chapter two of the book delves into deeper. The novel also further reiterates the consequences of freedom of speech.
Seierstad’s intention was to write about an authentic Afghan family, but her novel stirred further emotions amongst the community. In the text For Rushdie George Brazillier states that we need to be:
Careful not to allow ourselves to get bogged down in the labyrinth of what political Islam happens to be today.