Sunday, October 01, 2006
The Headlines You Won't See in AmericaIf you read international newspapers on a regular basis, you can't help but notice the difference between the headlines of those European publications, and the American ones. But on no American weekly will you see a cover like Newsweek's, especially not in America. Truth telling in the American media is generally okay, unless it's nearing an important election, or in the run-up to war. After the election is over, it's okay to tell the truth, and after the invasion, it's okay to point out that the case for war was dismally weak.
Why it's important that the rest of the world know that we are in danger of losing Afghanistan to the Taliban is curious to me, it's not like the rest of the world is uninformed. And even ill-educated people like me know how to click on a link to the International Edition where we don't even have to read another language to understand what Newsweek is saying. It's kind of like your parents spelling out words when they don't want their kids to understand. Why would an important magazine like Newsweek want to keep such an important truth from the American people?
Since Newsweek is afraid to tell you what's happening in Afghanistan, I'm going to summarize it for you.
The Taliban is back in action. They never really left Afghanistan.
Al Qaida is back in Afghanistan. They never really left either.
Poppy farming is making big bucks for the Taliban and other jihadist groups.
Girls are risking their lives just to attend primary school.
Newsweek should be commended for it's excellent reporting. Maybe next time (after the elections) they can actually deliver it to our newsstand.
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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