Afghanistan: May 18, 2005

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President Hamid Karzai seems to have defused a lot of the brouhaha by clever manipulation of public opinion. After pointing out that the news article indicated a report of an alleged incident, he then noted that the protestors had destroyed hundreds of Korans in the process of burning several buildings. What he did was to break the "code of silence" that affects this type of incident when Moslems are fighting Moslems. How often have the insurgents, in the process of killing people, also damaged or destroyed Korans, mosques, etc? Curiously, this is an angle American information war people should be working, but are not. 

 

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