Sunday, 16 November 2008

A fashionable and persistent falsehood

Terry Glavin opens at a newspaper and reads:
“Today, the blunt reality and central problem in Afghanistan is that most of its people believe they were better off under the Taliban than they are under President Hamid Karzai.”
His response:
This is the opposite of the truth, and on a matter of such critical importance - what the Afghan masses actually think - it is an inexcusable error. I am now aware of 14 public opinion polls and focus group surveys conducted in Afghanistan that refute this fashionable and persistent falsehood, which has been making the rounds from almost the morning after the Taliban were routed from Kabul in 2001.
Bloody newspapers.

Also on Afghanistan, I expect Terry would get a laugh out of this in light of his own experience.

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