Not Saussure

September 27, 2006

Newsweek censors front cover — hides from rest of world what’s really important in USA

Filed under: Afghanistan, press, Spin, usa, War on Terror — notsaussure @ 12:10 am

From MSNBC, via a a comment from to an item at A Big Stick and A Small Carrot about how the American media are losing interest, on the eve of the mid-term elections, in matters that might be disadvantageous to the White House.

The Newsweek article, about how

‘Afghanistan is “unfortunately well on its way” to becoming a “narco-state,” NATO’s supreme commander, [as] Marine Gen. Jim Jones, said before Congress last week’,


the harsh truth is that five years after the U.S. invasion on Oct. 7, 2001, most of the good news is confined to Kabul, with its choking rush-hour traffic jams, a construction boom and a handful of air-conditioned shopping malls. Much of the rest of Afghanistan appears to be failing again. Most worrisome, a new failed-state sanctuary is emerging across thousands of square miles along the Afghan-Pakistan border: “Jihadistan,” it could be called. It’s an autonomous quasi state of religious radicals, mostly belonging to Pashtun tribes who don’t recognize the Afghan-Pakistan frontier—an arbitrary line drawn by the British colonialists in 1893. The enclave’s fluid borders span a widening belt of territory from mountainous hideouts in the southernmost provinces of Afghanistan—Nimruz, Helmand and Farah—up through the agricultural middle of the country in Ghazni, Uruzgan and Zabul, and then north to Paktia and parts of Konar.

and how

‘Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups now have a place from which to hatch the next 9/11. “This standoff could go on for 40 or 50 years,” says a retired U.S. general who served in Afghanistan, speaking only on condition of anonymity. “It’s not going to be a takeover by the Taliban as long as NATO is there. Instead this is going to be like the triborder region of South America, or like Kashmir, a long, drawn-out stalemate where everyone carves out spheres of influence.”‘

makes depressing reading. Unless you’re reading the American edition, of course, in which case the photo-story about how

In her new book, Annie Leibovitz, [Newsweek’s] most famous photographer, places celebs side by side with surprisingly personal images of love and loss.

is very interesting, too.

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