Time Cover: On the Nose

File this week’s Time cover under: things that are very important for us to know about our world that also make us squirm in our seat. (We’re reminded this morning of The New York Times article earlier this month about heroin addicts who inject themselves with one another’s blood to stave off withdrawal symptoms. Sorry.) “I showed it to my two young sons, 9 and 12, who both immediately felt sorry for Aisha and asked why anyone would have done such harm to her,” wrote Time‘s Rick Stengel in an editor’s note with his latest issue. “I apologize to readers who find the image too strong, and I invite you to comment on the image’s impact. But bad things do happen to people, and it is part of our job to confront and explain them.”