Monday, December 7, 2009

The Afghan accomplishment

The forgotten war?

"The Korean War used to be known as "the forgotten war." More recently, during the hey-day of the Bush administration's adventure here in Iraq, Afghanistan was the forgotten war. No more, of course.

Now, it seems, Iraq is the forgotten war. I've been here nearly 5 weeks now, and I'm amazed at how far this conflict has fallen in the American consciousness, if I am judging it correctly from thousands of miles away. Iraq is off the front pages, off the television screens and, for the most part, off the main page of major news Web sites."

The author goes on to say this might not be a bad thing because news follows conflict and bloodshed, and he has a point, but he doesn't seem to be aware of something much bigger: that Iraq was buried by Afghanistan and other "sensational" stories (Tiger Woods), and how convenient that is for the criminals who should be on trial for the invasion of Iraq. If nobody is talking about Iraq, then it gets to be "old news".

So when you think about the Afghanistan pump-up, and you wonder why anyone would do something so pointless and outright stupid, here you have it.


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