11 October, 2006

Associated Press Defeatism.

CNN has a gloom-laden article from Associated Press which asks rhetorically, is "History repeating repeating in Afghanistan?" According to AP it is Vietnam all over again and, despite NATO's successes against the Taliban, defeat is just around the corner.

The simple answer is that, except at the most superficial level, history never repeats itself. However, drawing parallels between events occurring decades apart and in different countries, and caused by differing policy aims within in very different political circumstances is an easy way for anti-western main stream media journalists to produce their copy. It is certainly an easier way of reporting complex events than attempting to understand and then explaining what is actually happening.

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